You may believe you’re the healthiest person in the world; you go to the gym, workout with weights, do your cardio exercise, and you may look in the mirror and see your abs ripped to shreds. Regardless, do you ever check your blood pressure?
People in their teens, 20s and 30s, mistakenly believe there’s no way they can have high blood pressure. While it’s a fact that the threat of having high blood pressure increases with your age, this does not mean that you can’t get it even in your teens.
Hypertension, the medical term for high blood pressure, is known to be a silent killer. Often times it does cause symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, and ringing in the ears, to name a few. At the same time, there are many people with high blood pressure who experience no symptoms at all. If you make it a habit to check your blood pressure regularly, you can prevent a tragedy from occurring!
Speaking from experience, I can say I was one of the lucky ones who did have symptoms before I discovered I had hypertension. Now I have no choice but to check my blood pressure regularly. It all started when throughout the day I would feel an occasional irregular heartbeat accompanied by ringing in the ears. I had this checked out by my doctor and immediately found out my high blood pressure was probably the culprit. My doctor informed me I had this condition due to several possible factors including anxiety and the fact that I was very overweight and it was possibly hereditary. I am now taking high blood pressure medication until I can get back to my desired weight; even then, there’s no guarantee I can get off my medication.
How to Check Your Blood Pressure
Many supermarkets and pharmacies have a free machines where you can check your blood pressure and get at least an idea of what your reading may be. However, by visiting your neighborhood fire station and asking for a free blood pressure check, you’ll get a much more accurate reading. There are also many blood pressure monitors on the market, many of which work very well; the drawback is that they are fairly expensive.
Hypertension can lead to many illnesses including brain damage, kidney disease, vision loss, and coronary heart disease. It is estimated that one out of every three adults suffers from hypertension and roughly only 50% know about it. That’s why it’s important not to skip your yearly physical. If you see your blood pressure rising from one year to the next, that could be an indication that you’re headed towards hypertension. It may be that you’ve gained a little more weight or it could be your lifestyle in the form of what you eat and whether or not you’re getting enough sleep and rest. Excessive alcohol intake is also a common cause of hypertension, so beware.
Having High Blood Pressure Doesn’t Have to Be a Curse
Even though I am not a physician, I can speak from personal experience; check your blood pressure every now and then, just to be on the safe side. I wish I haddone this and if I would not have skipped getting a physical for three straight years thinking I was in great health, I may have avoided some of the damage to my body which probably occurred during those three years in when I had no idea I was suffering from hypertension. Keep in mind also that your blood pressure may fluctuate. Mine happened to fluctuate wildly and I knew nothing about it.
Today, I make it a habit to check my blood pressure at least once a week to make sure my medication is working. I’ve also changed my lifestyle drastically; I don’t drink alcohol as much, I don’t eat refined sugars anymore, and I’m exercising much more frequently. If you find out that you have hypertension, take it seriously and start making the necessary lifestyle changes before it’s too late. Furthermore, if you are a weekend warrior who like s to drink lots of alcohol on the weekend, you may want to check your blood pressure that night or the following day. Blood pressure rises in most people when they are suffering from the dehydrating effects of alcohol.