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Home Care Services Bellevue WA: Facts About Hypertension

Home Care Services Bellevue WA: Facts About Hypertension
By Barbara Floria

A healthy blood pressure level can reduce your risk for many serious diseases and increase your longevity. Hiring home care services can help seniors by providing a caregiver to help with medication reminders and tracking to bring levels under control.

If you have high blood pressure, your heart has to work harder to pump blood through the arteries to your organs. This increased pressure poses the potential for serious health risks, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Familiarizing yourself with the following fictions and facts about this dangerous and common condition can help you learn if you have it and take steps to control it.

Fiction: Even though my blood pressure is chronically high, there’s nothing serious for me to worry about.

Fact: Chronic high blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke. It also can lead to other conditions, such as congestive heart failure, kidney damage, dementia, and blindness. On average, one American dies every two minutes from complications of high blood pressure.

Fiction: My blood pressure is pretty good; being a few points over doesn’t matter.

Fact: Health guidelines state that even slight elevations in blood pressure significantly increase the risk for stroke or heart attack. It doesn’t take much of a sustained increase in blood pressure to raise your chance of developing problems with your heart, blood vessels, brain, or kidneys. Optimal blood pressure for most adults is less than 120/80 mm Hg.

Fiction: If I had high blood pressure, I would feel it.

Fact: Most people with high blood pressure have no symptoms, so they don’t know they have it. That’s why it’s important to have your blood pressure checked at least once a year by your health care provider.

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