Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, is a chronic medical condition characterized by elevated levels of blood pressure. In this blog, we will discuss what hypertension is, how to identify it, and the management options available.
What is Hypertension?
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a medical condition in which the force of blood against the walls of blood vessels is consistently elevated. This increased pressure puts strain on the heart and blood vessels and can lead to a range of health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and kidney damage.
How Do You Know You Have Hypertension?
Unfortunately, hypertension is often referred to as the “silent killer” because it often has no symptoms. People may go years without knowing they have high blood pressure. The only way to definitively diagnose hypertension is through regular blood pressure readings. If you suspect you may have hypertension, it is important to speak to your doctor, who can take your blood pressure and determine if you have the condition.
What Do The Numbers Say?
Blood pressure is recorded as two numbers, systolic and diastolic, and is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). Systolic pressure is the force of blood against the walls of blood vessels when the heart beats, while diastolic pressure is the force of blood against the walls of blood vessels when the heart is at rest. Normal blood pressure is considered to be 120/80 mmHg or lower. Hypertension is diagnosed when the blood pressure is consistently 140/90 mmHg or higher.
Can You Recover From Hypertension?
Hypertension is a chronic condition, meaning it cannot be cured but it can be managed. With proper treatment and lifestyle changes, people with hypertension can lower their blood pressure and reduce the risk of complications. For example, adopting a healthy lifestyle, such as following a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, quitting smoking, and reducing stress, can help manage hypertension. In addition, medications, such as diuretics, ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, and beta-blockers, can also be used to control blood pressure.
How Do You Manage Hypertension?
The management of hypertension depends on a range of factors, including the severity of the condition, age, and overall health. In most cases, a combination of lifestyle changes and medication is recommended. It is important to work closely with your doctor to develop a personalized plan to manage your hypertension and reduce the risk of complications.
In conclusion, hypertension is a chronic medical condition that requires careful management to reduce the risk of serious health problems. Regular blood pressure checks, a healthy lifestyle, and the right medication, if necessary, are key to successfully managing hypertension. If you suspect you may have hypertension, talk to your doctor to discuss your options.
About Dr Adrian Mondry
Dr Adrian Mondry is a Hypertension Specialist accredited by the German Hypertension League in Singapore. He was previously a senior consultant in the department of medicine at the National University Hospital and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH), Dr Mondry has more than 30 years of experience in the field of internal medicine.
Dr Adrian Mondry is recognised for his leadership and contributions in establishing the dedicated hypertension clinic within the National University Health System and fast-track deep vein thrombosis service at NTFGH.
Dr Adrian Mondry is fluent in English, German and French.
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