Regulating your blood pressure can become a real virtue, unless you are older and unable to do so. In that case, this is pretty harmful and sometimes impossible. This was shown in a study that involved 2,000 seniors. The results were published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine and they actually surprised the world.
When it comes to high blood pressure, there is no place for mistakes – hypertension is a real life threat. It affects the function of your arteries, kidneys, and your body in general. This causes heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other dangerous health issues. This is the reason why most doctors reach for aggressive therapies when it comes to treating hypertension.
Same as other health conditions, a particular method cannot be applied to everyone. There are different treatments for 50-year-old men and 80-year-old men, as the therapy of the first group does not correspond to the individuals in the second.
How is hypertension diagnosed?
Healthcare providers require an exact picture of patient’s blood pressure and note how things develop over time. The whole process starts at the age of 20. The American Heart Association recommends young people to screen their blood pressure at their regular healthcare visit, which is once in every 2 years.
This applies to those whose blood pressure is lower than 120/80 mm Hg.
Blood pressure rises with your heartbeats and drops when the heart relaxes between the beats. Blood pressure varies every minute according to the posture, physical activity, stress, and sleep. Normal blood pressure for adults at the age of 20 and over is less than 120/80 mm Hg, which is less than 120 systolic and less than 80 diastolic. Unfortunately, one in three adults in the US suffers from blood pressure!
When patient’s blood pressure is higher than the normal values, doctors make more readings over time.