High Blood Pressure

Monday, February 10, 2014

About one out of every three Americans has hypertension, or high blood pressure. Hypertension is called the silent killer because you may be affected and not even know it. Dr. Edward Hill gives us the facts about high blood pressure in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

High blood pressure is a common condition in which the force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease. 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 the most common cause is an inherited tendency for hypertension

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 dozens of different medications available to help manage high blood pressure.

All blood pressure medications have side effects. Be sure to tell your physician about any problems you have with medications. Dont let hypertension be your silent killer.

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