Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a symptom which indicates that your heart is working too hard to try and pump blood through your arteries.High blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, damages to the eyes, congestive heart failure and hardening of the arteries.

This is why high blood pressure is called “The Silent Killer.” That is, if it the symptoms are left unchecked over a period of time.

Many people have high blood pressure, but because there are no symptoms, most of these people don’t know they have it. In fact, many people have high blood pressure for years without knowing it. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure.

Signs of Hypertension will begin to show up before the age of 50, and in my case it was when I was 47.5 years old. Today in fact.

I had been feeling a bit “off” for a few weeks and was not able to define why I was feeling that way. My heart seemed to be pumping harder than normal, and it almost felt like it was trying really hard to work. I also had a constant headache which wasn’t enough to b bad, but it was enough to let me know that the headache was there.

So I went to the doctor and had my blood pressure tested. The result? 160/100. The first number refers to the systolic pressure -  when the heart is pumping. The second figure related to the diastolic pressure – between pumping actions. Any systolic reading over 140 or more and a diastolic reading of 90 or over means that you most likely have hypertension. Which I do.

Today I started on high blood pressure pills, and over the last few hours since I took the first pill I am beginning to feel a bit better. Of course, medication is just a short term solution.

I now need to make some lifestyle changes including exercise – preferably a aerobic based fitness program.

The only way to tell if you have high blood pressure is to have your a checkup, especially if you are over the age of 40. Don’t think you can put this off and get away with it. You can’t.

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