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Facts About Hypertension You May Not Know

By Ketan Shah

Hypertension or high blood pressure is one of the leading chronic health conditions. For World Hypertension Day, it's a good time to stop and understand some of the facts about hypertension day that you may not know.

You May Not Know the New Target Number

It used to be that you wanted your blood pressure to be 120 over 80. That changed a few years ago. Ideally, you want readings under 120 and under 80. 120 over 80 is now an elevated reading. Hypertension is defined as a reading of 130 to 139 over 80 to 89. If the reading is higher than 140 and/or 90, it's stage 2 hypertension.

High Blood Pressure Isn't Something You Feel

Most people with high blood pressure never know that they have it. The estimate is that more than 10 million have hypertension and have no idea they do. There really aren't symptoms. The only way to know is by having your blood pressure checked.

Even if you do have your blood pressure checked, anxiety in a doctor's office may increase the numbers. If that's a possibility, it's recommended that you purchase a blood pressure monitor and use it at home in a calm, stress-free setting. Note the readings there and bring them to your doctor at your next appointment.

High Blood Pressure Can Hit at Any Age

People often think of high blood pressure as a condition older adults face. You can have high blood pressure at any age. The CDC reports that about 20 percent of women and 25 percent of men between the ages of 35 and 45 have hypertension.

Studies also suggest that uncontrolled high blood pressure in midlife increases the risk of dementia. Your parents need to watch their blood pressure, but it's also important for you to get your blood pressure checked. As a family caregiver, don't overlook yearly medical check-ups.

If your mom or dad has high blood pressure, it doesn't have to completely change daily routines. Diet, exercise, and medications may change, but those are easy changes that a senior care aide can help with. Have caregivers available to offer medication reminders.

Caregivers can cook low-sodium meals, encourage your parent to exercise, and schedule appointments. With senior care, your mom or dad have rides to stores, doctor's offices, and other area businesses. That alone can be a handy service when blood pressure medications cause dizziness and stop your parent from driving. Make arrangements by talking to a senior care specialist.

Sources:
https://www.cdc.gov/features/highbloodpressure/index.html
https://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/facts.htm

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