High Blood Pressure – Info and Treatment for Hypertension

High blood pressure (also referred to as hypertension) is a condition that affects the heart, causing it to work harder in pumping more blood around the body. Such high pressure can put a major strain on the arteries, which may lead to the sufferer developing heart problems later on in life. People that have high blood pressure are at a significantly greater risk of having a stroke.

Although high blood pressure can be dangerous to a person’s health, it is also a treatable condition. Treatments for high blood pressure usually involve changes to lifestyle, a balanced diet and regular exercise, along with prescription medication to help lower blood pressure. You can order such medication here at Meds4All when you take an online medical consultation. This allows our registered doctor to ensure that the treatment is suitable for your use. With our fast delivery service, you can receive it within 24 hours.

How do I know if I have high blood pressure?

Many people with high blood pressure are unaware that they suffer from the problem because, as with high cholesterol, symptoms are rarely experienced. A diagnosis is normally made after a health check up at the clinic, which is why it is advised to have a blood pressure test twice a year. These tests are usually carried out over a short duration of time whereby the pressure exerted on the arterial walls is measured. If it is found to be of a consistently high level, then you may be diagnosed with high blood pressure.

Early detection is important and depending on your blood pressure levels it may only require small change in lifestyle to improve your condition. An ideal blood pressure reading is usually under 120/80mmHg. Readings between 130/80 to 139/89mmHg is usually known as pre-hypertension. Although it is not a major cause of concern, care should be taken to ensure it doesn’t develop into actual hypertension (high blood pressure). A reading of 140/90mmHg or over usually indicates high blood pressure. If it remains at this level over a period of time then it would be seen as a major cause of concern for your long term health. Having a blood pressure kit at home may be useful at monitoring your blood pressure levels.

What causes high blood pressure?

There are two types of high blood pressure that characterise the condition – primary and secondary hypertension. Primary hypertension has no specific cause and is the more common of the two types. However, there are various risk factors that may increase the chances of suffering from this problem, including hereditary factors, an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, stress or alcohol abuse. Secondary hypertension is usually the result of an identifiable cause, usually a secondary health problem, sometimes as a side effect of other medication.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is rarely symptomatic until it causes a health problem, so it is not always possible to know if you are at risk or not. For this reason, it is important to ensure you visit your doctor regularly and that your blood pressure levels are monitored effectively. This is especially the case if it has occurred to others in your family. In extremely rare circumstances, hypertension can cause headaches, shortness of breath, blurred vision and even nosebleeds.

Can high blood pressure affect your health?

If left untreated, having high blood pressure may increase the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, aneurysm and blood clots, which can be potentially fatal. Healthy women may also develop high blood pressure during pregnancy; this condition is known as pregnancy-induced hypertension. Although it can be controlled well, if it is ignored, this problem can lead to pre-eclampsia, a serious condition with various added complications. Several lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, being more active and cutting down on alcohol/smoking can help manage and even reduce high blood pressure.

What treatments are available for high blood pressure?

The type of treatment required for hypertension is purely dependent on how high your blood pressure is and the level of health risk that is posed. Age is a particularly significant factor in relation to which medication will be prescribed.

Under the age of 55 – You are likely to be prescribed ACE inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers, which may be in the form of Ramipril or Lisinopril.

Over the age of 55 – You will usually be prescribed a calcium channel blocker (CCB) such as Amlodipine.

These medications usually act by dilating the blood vessels, allowing free blood flow through the body. This then means that the heart does not have to work as hard when pumping blood through the body. As well as any medical treatments, a change in lifestyle that may alleviate blood pressure is also recommended. Diuretics are also useful treatments, as they help to remove excess water and salt from the body through urine.

Is high blood pressure medication available online?

Meds4All offers a safe and convenient way to order your high blood pressure treatments online. After selecting the desired medication, a brief medical consultation needs to be completed to confirm your suitability. This is done by our registered doctor who reviews your details and sends a prescription to our pharmacy if you have been approved. Your treatment will then be packaged and dispatched for same or next day delivery in the UK or Europe.

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