1. What is Hypertension
High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is the silent killer. Without warning, high blood pressure can lead to life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.
Blood pressure changes throughout the day, and even fluctuates by the minutes. Measuring only once a day does not reflect the actual status of the blood pressure condition. Monitoring trend of blood pressure fluctuation would provide better evaluation of the patient's condition.
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2. Why is Blood pressure measured at the clinics different from those measured at home?
Besides fluctuations, an observation known as "white coat effect" may also contribute to different blood pressure readings. Most people are anxious when visiting the doctor and could experience a rise in blood pressure. On the other hand, people are usually more relaxed at home, and have lower blood pressure readings.
3. Symptoms of High Blood Pressure
Many people who suffer from high blood pressure are unaware, as the illness has no symptoms. If left undetected, these people are at risk of developing more serious illness like stroke, heart failure, kidney failure, and even heart attacks. Early detection for people who are at risk can be achieved by regular blood pressure measurement.
4. Is High blood pressure related to family history?
Even a person with no previous history of high blood pressure can develop hypertension from lifestyle factors. Some of these factors include:
- Lack of exercise
- Increasing age
- Poor diet
- Being overweight
5. Why is it importance to measure Blood Pressure at home?
Doctors, diabetes educators, physician assistants, nurses and other healthcare professionals recommend home blood pressure monitoring for various reasons, including the ability to provide them with better information to understand and manage your high blood pressure.
Monitoring your blood pressure at home allows you to more easily get to a relaxed state and the flexibility to take your measurements at various times during the day. By keeping track of your home blood pressure readings, you can provide your healthcare professional with a log of blood pressure measurements over time, which can help them, evaluate the effectiveness or need for medication.
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6. What are the standard Blood Pressure Classifications?
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) jointly developed the following blood pressure classification. This classification, however, this is only a general guideline because your optimum blood pressure depends on your age, morbidity, and treatment strategy by a doctor. Consult your doctor to determine your optimum blood pressure.
||Systolic blood pressure
||Diastolic blood pressure
||between 100 and 140
||between 60 and 90
||between 140 and 160
||between 90 and 100
||between 170 and 180
||between 100 and 110
||higher than 180
||higher than 110
7. Helpful Blood Pressure Reminders
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- Have your blood pressure checked by your doctor.
- If you have high blood pressure, follow your doctor's advice about changing your diet and lifestyle habits.
- If your doctor has prescribed medication for your high blood pressure, it is very important to take it regularly. If you have any new symptoms, call your doctor.
- Measure and record your blood pressure at home regularly. This information may be valuable to your doctor in evaluating your condition.
- Cooperate. You and your doctor must work together in order to keep your blood pressure and your diabetes under control.