What is Hypertenstion? #2 Cause of kidney disease.
High blood pressure is also called hypertension. Only diabetes causes more kidney failure than high blood pressure.
What is blood pressure?
Blood pressure is the force of the blood against the arteries as it flows through the body. Your blood pressure changes during the day. Exercise, stress and other factors can change your blood pressure. A less than 120/80 is considered as a normal blood pressure.
What is high blood pressure?
Higher blood pressure does not mean that a person is tense. A very relaxed person can have high blood pressure. Blood pressure that stays above 140/90 is categorized as high blood pressure.
Multiple readings at different time slots must be taken to confirm if you have high blood pressure.
What are the symptoms?
High blood pressure and kidneys:
Healthy kidneys also control blood pressure. When the kidneys are damaged; blood pressure rises and this may cause more damage to the kidneys.
High blood pressure not only affects the kidneys but other organs too. Heart will have to pump harder and may grow large in size. The risks may be stroke, eyes, and brain problems.
What can I do to curb this disease?
Tests for high blood pressure:
There are machines available now that can be used to measure your own blood pressure. Speak with your health professional for recommendation and they may be able to teach you how to use the device.
Treating high blood pressure:
Blood pressure can be controlled by changing your eating habits and life style. Include the following in your diet and lifestyle:
Medicine for blood pressure:
ACE Inhibitors and ARBs: