Health Threats From Poor Blood Pressure Control
Worldwide, more than a billion people have high blood pressure, and most are not aware of their diagnosis. Among those who are diagnosed, only a small percentage of people have their blood pressure numbers at an optimal range. There are several reasons for this. The most important factor is most people with high blood pressure do not have any symptoms.
High blood pressure (hypertension) is a silent killer.
Most people do not check their blood pressure often enough, or sometimes their doctors do not change their medications even when blood pressure is not in the optimal range (clinician inertia).
What are the health threats from uncontrolled hypertension?
What blood pressure levels should you aim for?
When it comes to blood pressure, most medical professionals agree that the lower it is, the better, as long as you don’t have symptoms of low blood pressure.
A normal blood pressure level is less than 120/80 mm of Hg.
(Low blood pressure levels without symptoms is not an illness).
How can you achieve optimal blood pressure levels?
- Lifestyle changes, along with
- Supplements and
- Prescription medications.
Depending on your blood pressure levels, your healthcare provider will recommend the appropriate strategy. Lifestyle change is recommended for everyone with hypertension, regardless of blood pressure levels.