Blood pressure is the force that your blood exters against the vessels in your body as it flows through it. When it is elevated, the blood is pressing too hard, and this can cause a variety of damage.
It can cause atherosclerosis, or the slow formation of a plaque, that can cause a clot. The clot can then cause a variety of problems, including a heart attack, stroke, and deep venous thrombosis.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, can cause damage to your kidney, your eyes, and a variety of other organs.
The problem is that for the most part you can not detect hypertension. It in general has almost no symptoms. You may notice a feeling of dizziness, or, more extremely, blood in your urine, but that is typically not going to happen.
If there are symptoms from high blood pressure, they are usually at the very end. The damage has been done and there is almost nothing to reverse it.
How is it detected?
Very often, you will go to a doctor's office and a standard reading will indicate whether or not you should be concerned.
How is it treated?
The main treatment is to adopt lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk of developing hypertension and possibly lower it as is.
One main way to do so is by changing your diet. Consuming less sodium can help lower your blood pressure. Additionally, eating a more balanced and healthy diet can provide important benefits and assist.
Getting more exercise is also a great idea.
Sometimes this is not enough. When natural methods for treating hypertension do not work, one often has to try medication. Medications include ACE inhibitors, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, and diuretics.
When properly managed, hypertension is something that need not cause that much problem.