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Hypertension is more commonly known as high blood pressure. It is a common condition that in the long term can lead to health conditions, such as heart disease. This is likely if the force of your blood against your artery walls is high enough.
Blood pressure is based on numerical values assigned to the amount of blood your heart pumps and the level of resistance to this blood flow in your arteries. If your heart pumps too much blood into now narrower arteries it will elevate your blood pressure. You can have hypertension for years without a single symptom. Even without clear warning signs, the damage to your blood vessels and heart will continue. It can be medically detected at a health check up.
If your blood pressure remains uncontrolled you will be at risk of serious health complications like heart attacks and strokes. Hypertension develops over years and eventually affects nearly everyone with old age. Fortunately, though, hypertension is easy to detect and, once you know you have it, it can be controlled with the aid of your doctor. Hypertension can also be made less likely through healthy lifestyle changes.
You should have routine doctor’s appointments when your blood pressure is taken. If not you should ask your doctor for a reading twice a year after the age of 18. If past the age of 40 you should ask for an annual reading.
Blood pressure should be checked in both arms to assure they are the same. It is also important to use the right arm cuff size. If you have been diagnosed with hypertension or have genetic risk of cardiovascular disease, your doctor will already likely recommend a higher frequency of readings. In the United States, children over 3 usually have their blood pressure measured at annual check ups just prior to the school year.
If you are unable to regularly see or afford a doctor, you may be able to get a free screening at a free clinic. You can find free blood pressure machines in some stores but they are not always accurate.
Most patients with hypertension, even when they have dangerously high blood pressure readings have no symptoms. A few may experience headaches, shortness of breath, or nosebleeds. Yet, these symptoms are not specific to hypertension and usually do not occur until it is severe or life-threatening.
With most adults there is no identifiable cause of hypertension. This most common form of hypertension is called primary or essential hypertension. It is the one that develops gradually over the years.
Secondary hypertension is caused by an underlying condition. This type of hypertension normally appears without warning and can cause higher blood pressure than primary hypertension. Causes of secondary hypertension include:
Uncontrolled Hypertension Results
If left uncontrolled, hypertension can result in:
Research suggests medical cannabis has Increased blood pressure, increased heart-rate, possible orthostatic intolerance (dizziness on standing) with short-term effects and decreased blood pressure and relaxation with long term effects.
In a novel study showed that cannabis use was said to have a modest connection to a rise in systolic blood pressure but they found no connection between cannabis use and diastolic blood pressure. The conclusion of the study was the need for further clinical trials to access the full relationship.
Another more concerning study suggests anyone who has smoked marijuana faces a higher risk of dying with high blood pressure, but it defines marijuana “users” as anyone who’s ever tried the drug and that it doesn’t differentiate among strains or cannabinoids of the highly unregulated product. The study’s primary researcher defined anyone who said they had ever tried marijuana as “a regular user.” Yet, according to another survey, about 52% of Americans have tried cannabis at some point, yet only 14% said they used the drug “regularly,” when defined as “at least once a month.”