Hypertension

Monday, January 19, 2015

About one out of every three adult Americans has hypertension, or high blood pressure. Dr. Edward Hill gives us some facts about high blood pressure in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

You are diagnosed with hypertension, or high blood pressure, if your blood pressure exceeds 140 over 90 millimeters of mercury. Of the millions of American adults with high blood pressure, only about half have their condition under control.

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.