Home Health Care in Granite Bay, CA – Aging and High Blood Pressure
There aren’t always symptoms for high blood pressure, and a person can have hypertension and still feel good. It’s called the silent killer because it’s quite common in older people and can cause major health problems like heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, eye problems and more.
What is blood pressure?
“Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of arteries. When the doctor measures your blood pressure, the results are given in two numbers. The first number, called systolic blood pressure, is the pressure caused by your heart pushing out blood. The second number, called diastolic blood pressure, is the pressure when your heart fills with blood. The safest range, often called normal blood pressure, is a systolic blood pressure of less than 120 and a diastolic blood pressure of less than 80. This is stated as 120/80.”
What is your blood pressure?
It’s vital to have your blood pressure checked regularly. This is especially true for elderly loved ones. It’s one of the most important things to have done on a regular doctor’s visit. Exercise, dietary changes and medications may be prescribed for high blood pressure. If you don’t know your blood pressure readings, perhaps you haven’t had it checked recently enough. Automatic blood pressure checking stations sometimes available in drug stores aren’t as accurate as readings done by a doctor or other health professional, but they can give you an idea of a range and maybe indicate if you need to go get it checked.
What if just the systolic number is high?
This is one of the more common types of high blood pressure in the elderly. It’s called isolated systolic hypertension. Because it can lead to serious health problems, it’s important for your elderly loved one to follow the doctor’s orders for diet, exercise and medications to keep it under control.
Some risks you can’t change
Some people have a greater risk than others for developing high blood pressure. Some of the risks you can change (diet, lifestyle, exercise, etc.) Other risks are not so easy to change, such as age, gender, family history and race. The risk of having high blood pressure increases with age. High blood pressure may have some genetic factors as well, since it tends to run in the family.
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