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Know The Difference Between Hypertension And High Blood Pressure

I know you are surprised to read that hypertension and high blood pressure are not actually the same things.  Hypertension is actually a disease of the blood vessels involving changes in their structure and functions that is associated with the constellation of other cardiovascular risk factors.  While high blood pressure is a long term medical condition in which blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated.

So read what is high blood pressure at this link, and also it is explained below.

Kinds Of Hypertension

Abdominal fat.

In over 70% of these cases, hypertension is an entirely metabolic syndrome made up of a group of complex clusters of abnormalities, including problems with excessive blood clotting, abnormal glucose metabolism, insulin resistance, Type II diabetes, dense LDL bad cholesterol, high triglycerides and low HDL good cholesterol.

Most obvious sign of hypertension is the accumulation of belly fat known as apple obesity. All these conditions result in damages to the arteries, atherosclerosis and increased cardiovascular problems.

And most people have belly fat, so find out why is it dangerous.

Classifications Of Hypertension And High Blood Pressure

There are two major classifications of hypertension, and they are essential - primary or genetic; and secondary. Herein lies the differences between hypertension and high blood pressure.

  • Essential hypertension also known as primary or genetic hypertension develops slowly and quietly.

  • Secondary hypertension is directly linked to another disease or condition that includes obesity, thyroid or adrenal dysfunction, kidney disease, kidney artery blockages, tumors and the side effects of certain medications.

  • This type of hypertension increases either the resistance of the blood vessels or the amount of blood being pushed through your system, resulting in high blood pressure.

Causes Of Secondary Hypertension

  • Coarctation of the aorta, a narrowing of the aorta.

  • Cushing's syndrome, a metabolic disorder resulting in the excessive production of the steroid hormone cortisol.

  • Kidney disease

  • Oral contraceptives which sometimes increases your blood pressure up an average of 5% after seven years of use.

  • Primary Aldosteronism is too much aldosterone, a hormone that regulates sodium and potassium balance in your blood.

  • Sleep apnea.

  • Thyroid disease.

  • Diet pills such as ephedra.

If these problems are corrected your high blood pressure usually disappear.

White Coat Hypertension

This is your blood pressure rising to an unhealthy level when you're in your doctor's office or at the hospital but is normal at other times.

I know you are not allergic to your doctor or the funny smell of so many hospitals but this increase in your blood pressure is due to an increase in your body's tension.

You might think white coat hypertension is nothing serious, but some studies suggest that it is a concern to your doctor due to the changes in vascular resistance, elevated blood fats, increased bad cholesterol - LDL levels, insulin resistance any of which can increase your cardiovascular risk.

What Are Your Chances Of Developing These Disease?

Hypertension and high blood pressure are not an equal opportunity disease, but they are some preferred targets.

Some risk factors may simply be part of your make-up and cannot be altered, while many of the causes can be changed and doing so can make a big difference to your health.

But are you aware that there are some personal habits that we do every day that can also increase your risk of raising your blood pressure levels, even though you might be undoing all required things that controls your high blood pressure?

Personal Behaviors That Puts You At Risk For A Stroke

Annalijn Conklin, an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia, and Luke Laffin, M.D., codirector of the Center for Blood Pressure Disorders at the Cleveland Clinic put together these behaviors that we do and/or engaged in that increases the blood pressure points within our bodies.

  • Pressure Point #1: Holding a full bladder. When we forcible hold our urine it raises our blood pressure about 10 to 15 points. And also Dr. Laffin said getting up frequently at night to relieve yourself may be a sign that your blood pressure is elevated, and its your body’s way of saying to you 'I need to lower by blood pressure’. So, there’s some truth to what our parent and grandparents always say to us. Go pee before we leave the house.

  • Pressure Point #2: Chronic Pain. Pain causes anxiety within the body. So, if you have pain that lasts for more than a few weeks, you should see your physician to treat whatever is the underlying cause of your pain because ongoing pain can cause chronically elevated blood pressure.

  • Pressure Point #3: Taking a medication your cardiologist doesn’t know about. Dr. Carey Kimmelstiel, director of the Interventional Cardiology Center at Tufts Medical Center and a professor of medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine said taking a medication such as naproxen (Aleve) and ibuprofen (Motrin) and decongestants, like Sudafed which contains pseudoephedrine are known to increase high blood pressure.

    Even some antidepressants can also raise your blood pressure. So even though they might be over-the-counter drugs and we think they are relatively harmless to our health, we need to discuss the taking of these pills with our cardiologist before actually taking them.

Finally, I want to leave this interesting, amazing, and very surprising fact with you. If you relax with a drink or two daily, adds up to seven to thirteen drinks per week. That amount of alcohol substantially raises your risk of high blood pressure. 53 percent of moderate drinker likely had stage 1 hypertension and were twice as likely to have stage 2 hypertension than individual who didn’t drink.

So, check in with yourself and see if any of these innocent behaviors sounds like you, so that your health issues doesn’t raise to either hypertension and high blood pressure.

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