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How Hypertension Can Affect Health for Seniors Who Rely on Extra Care at Home

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on May 14, 2015 1:26:42 AM

Senior Care in Cameron Park CA

World Hypertension Day is May 17th and this type of elevated blood pressure (health condition) can affect seniors and cause them to rely on extra care at home. Hypertension is a condition in which blood pressure is elevated. There are two stages or types of high blood pressure, basically listed as stage I and stage II.

Stage I blood pressure is any reading in which the systolic number (the higher of the two numbers, and the one that measures pressure in the arteries when the heart is beating) is between 140 and 160. The diastolic (the lower of the two numbers, and the one that measures pressure in the arteries when the heart is at rest, or between heartbeats) is between 90 and 100.

Stage II blood pressure is any reading when the systolic number is over 160 and the diastolic is over 100. Pre-hypertension is defined as any reading between 120 and 140 for the systolic and between 80 and 90 for the diastolic. High blood pressure can be caused by a variety of conditions. It could be caused by poor diet, a lack of exercise, certain health issues, some prescription medications, blocked arteries, and more. Only a trained medical professional should diagnose any type of blood pressure reading.

It’s also important to understand that public blood pressure measuring machines, such as those found at local pharmacies and some supermarkets can provide an estimate, but it’s not going to offer an extremely accurate reading.

Hypertension can increase the risk of stroke, aneurysm, heart attack, and many other issues. It can cause a person to feel anxious, overwhelmed by stress, and those two issues can also exacerbate hypertension. Getting proper care for any senior who has been diagnosed with hypertension is essential to helping lower blood pressure readings and improving the overall health.

An experienced caregiver may very well be able to help the senior focus on a healthier diet, getting more exercise, and following doctor’s orders as prescribed. An experienced senior care service provider can also keep track of the elderly client’s activities, physical state, diet, and more. Being able to track these things could help an experienced caregiver detect a potential problem, thus encouraging the senior to see their doctor if necessary before it’s too late.

This month, pay attention to elevated blood pressure and encourage any senior in your life to see their doctor, especially if they haven’t had a regular checkup in a long time.

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