Hypertension is said to be a “silent killer”. It is estimated that somewhere between one third and one half of all those who have high blood pressure, don’t even know they have it. For many people, it has no signs, symptoms or signals of danger. You feel the same as if you had normal range blood pressure.
The risk of having high blood pressure goes up as we age, but young people can have it too. High blood pressure is higher than women before the age of 55. After age 55, the situation gradually reverses until more women than men are afflicted. An estimated 50 million Americans are currently suffering from the condition.
So what is high blood pressure? What is the normal range of blood pressure?
Two or more readings of at-rest systolic pressure of 140 or more and a diastolic pressure of 90 or more, is considered to mean a person has high blood pressure.
A normal range blood pressure is anything below 120 over 80. Actually, anything over 115 / 75 is generally believed to put you at higher risk of developing high blood pressure in the future.
Anything in-between, from 121-139 over 81-89, is an intermediary level, often called “pre-hypertensive”. While not immediately life-threatening, higher and higher readings put you at progressively higher risks for stroke, heart attack or heart and kidney failure.
What causes it? What could give you something other than a normal range of blood pressure? There are a variety of potential causes, from lifestyle choices, genetic factors, tension, and stress… the list is quite long. Whatever the cause, it can be lowered and controlled.
Leaving your blood pressure high is a bad decision; life-threatening and inviting serious (and I mean serious) trouble. As serious as a heart attack. Heart disease is the main cause of death in the United States, killing about 700,000 people Americans each year.Normal Range Blood Pressure
Almost 500,000 of those deaths were attributed to coronary heart disease, in which fat and plaque clog the arteries feeding blood to the heart. A general result of high blood pressure and heart attack
It can take many years for arteries to get dangerously blocked. About 93 percent of heart attack deaths occur in people 55 and older. Almost all such deaths are preventable, by starting at the beginning, by taking the steps necessary to reduce your blood pressure. By removing the conditions that lead to heart disease.
To avoid cardiovascular disease is probably the single most effective way to maintain a normal range blood pressure. And you must start early. If you wait until symptoms appear, the damage will already have been done and it will be too late to avoid the condition. You can only treat it.
Treating heart disease is incredibly more expensive and less effective than taking the steps up front to avoid it altogether.