High Blood Pressure 1

Thursday, May 16, 2013

High blood pressure affects 1 in 4 American adults. Dr. Edward Hill begins a two-part series on high blood pressure with a look at the condition and its causes in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

High blood pressure is a serious condition that can lead to coronary artery disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure and other health problems. The condition itself usually has no signs or symptoms. You can have it for years without knowing it.

You are diagnosed with hypertension, or high blood pressure, if your blood pressure exceeds 140 over 90 millimeters of mercury.

Common causes for hypertension can include:

Medications, such as appetite suppressants, cold and migraine medications

Alcohol abuse

Excessive sodium in your diet

Obesity

Anxiety or stress

Medical conditions such as arteriosclerosis, diabetes and kidney disease, and

Genetics, which is the most common cause

Though the cause is not always known, high blood pressure can be treated effectively with medication and lifestyle modification.

Your physician may recommend that you avoid excess salt, start exercising, quit smoking, lose weight and avoid alcohol intake. There are also medications available to help manage high blood pressure. Dont let hypertension be your silent killer.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.