Understanding Uncontrolled Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)


Uncontrolled hypertension normally refers to high blood pressure that is not treated. Or the that this formal of hypertension is not responsive to traditional treatment methods. High blood pressure is indicated by having  a rate at or above 140/90 mm HG. When high blood pressure is  not responsive to treatment, as they are uneffective, the patients condition is considered to be uncontrolled hypertension, which is very serious medical condition. Hypertension or high blood pressure is a major risk factor for many serious conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, and other heart diseases and cancers. Hypertension can complicate other medical conditions as well. If you are overweight or pregnant, having hypertension significantly increases the risk of developing more serious conditions. In most people, hypertension will not show any symptoms into later stages of progression, and can go un-notice or treated for months or even years.

There are several symptoms hypertension: dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, chest pain, blurred vision, heart attack, strokes or death. It’s important to try to identify hypertension early on to prevent further escalation. Patients are usually monitored for hypertension on routine checkups. If you do not attend regular check-ups then you wouldn’t find about hypertension until it is too late. Many doctors have call hype blood pressure the “silent killer” because you will not know about until you develop a stroke or heart attack and by this time much of cell damage is already done. Its important to get your blood pressure levels and heart functions check routinely.

If a woman in pregnant, with hypertension, this is called preeclampsia, which can be a life-threatening condition for the mother and the child. Preeclampsia occurs during pregnancy or postpartum and affects between 5-8% of all pregnancies.  It occurs in the second half of pregnancy, mainly in the third trimester. The symptoms are swelling, sudden weight gain, changes in vision, and headaches. Although medications can help, it may be required to induce labor, as blood pressure will normally reduce after delivery of the child. This is a major risk to the baby if he/she is not full term.

Often medication is effective at treating high blood pressure. Patients can stop uncontrolled hypertension by taking their daily medications as  prescribed, They should also adopt a healthy diet and life style as directed by their doctor and nutritionist. They should avoid high levels of stress and when possible. Blood pressure needs to monitored throughout a person’s life to ensure that treatment is working and begin additional treatments as required.

Generally there no symptoms for early stage uncontrolled hypertension, but it is preventable. Monitor stress and anxiety levels and control them. These can be caused by anxiety disorders and depression, which a psychiatrist can diagnose. Maintaining a healthy diet is critical, avoid sodium and saturated fats, tans-fats, sugars, significant amounts of red meat, and cholesterol.  You should get the right amount of exercise, avoid drinking alcohol in excess, and keep hydrated. Dehydration leads to thicker blood,which will worsen blood pressure.

If you feel you have hypertension or high blood pressure, consult your doctor immediately.

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