We think that hypertension is a disease of older people but experts say that now days more and more young people are being diagnosed with hypertension.
If you are under 35 and on a regular health checkup your doctor says your blood pressure is high do not ignore it. Get your blood pressure rechecked after a few days again. If your blood pressure is still high you have hypertension. Do not consider hypertension an old man's disease.
Experts say that many young men ignore or do not believe they have hypertension. They are less likely to consult a doctor for high blood pressure and take medications. They often fail to realize that hypertension seldom causes symptoms but it can cause immense damage to the body---hence it is known as the silent killer.
If high blood pressure is not treated it can damage the heart and other organs and can lead to serious problems like heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease.
Remember that high blood pressure in young men tends to respond better to weight management and other lifestyle changes. Appropriate treatment of high blood pressure can decrease the risk of complications like heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease and truly prolong life.
Understanding High Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is the force that is applied by the blood flowing in the arteries against the walls of the arteries. Blood pressure reading is written or denoted with systolic pressure on top and diastolic pressure on the bottom like 120/80 or 130/90. The unit to measure blood pressure is millimeters of mercury (mmHg). So if your blood pressure is 120/80, it means that your systolic BP is 120 and your diastolic BP is 80 mmHg.
The recent classification of High Blood Pressure categorizes hypertension as follows:
|Blood pressure levels||Top number (systolic blood pressure mmHg)||Bottom number (diastolic blood pressure mmHg)|
|Stage 1 Hypertension||140-159||or 90-99|
|Stage 2 Hypertension||>160||or >100|