The elderly often have elevated systolic blood pressure which is attributed to increased peripheral resistance in the arteries. Atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries, part of the aging process, causes the arteries to be less responsive to the natural blood pressure regulating hormonal and nervous system messages.
Also aging changes the way your body absorbs, metabolizes and excrete drugs, making older people much more vulnerable to their adverse and toxic effects.
I consider the start of the elderly years to be age 65, and these senior citizens are growing in numbers.
It is said that by the year 2030, one in five Americans will be in that category and the number of people living past 100 years of age is also on the rise.
So over the next twenty years the concerns of this older group will become a major challenge. Though some elderly are quite healthy, they do need to build strong bones, and in some cases suffering from some degree of hearing loss.
But in general they have more than one disease.
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There are many reasons why blood pressure rises with age, and some of the reasons are a reduction in kidney function, hardening of the arteries, increasing obesity, greater sensitivity to salt and not being ability to rid the body easily of salt.
With aging your high blood pressure development rises in stages and is usually described as essential. This is around the age of 50. That is when your sustained high blood pressure causes are not known. If you are in this essential blood pressure group you are highly susceptible to early heart attacks and brain damage, if left untreated.
Your life expectancy drop around 15 to 20 years. That is scary.
Over the age of 50 then the condition you now have is called secondary blood pressure. And as you know this is caused by a specific disease you have.
The good news is you can change the game on high blood pressure by aging well with these six tips. Also you can help with your blood flow circulation by eating foods that strengthen your memory and boost your brain power.
Changes in the blood pressure of your loved ones may have an unknown cause or be the result from a disease, along with the side effects of medication that cause their blood pressure to rise.
Your older loved ones may be taking multiple medications and are having all the problems associated with drug interactions.
This group is at a higher risk of heart attack from uncontrolled high blood pressure. A study in the British Medical Journal stated that this older generation between the ages of 65 and 74 can reduce heart attack by 17% if they take medications. You know the pharmaceutical companies love hearing that.
This study also states that among individuals 75 years and older, 75% of women and 65% of men have high blood pressure and these numbers are continually climbing.
Nearly all the elderly have essential high blood pressure and the cause is unknown. Most high blood pressure in the elderly has isolated systolic high blood pressure over 140 mm Hg, and diastolic blood pressure less than 90 mm Hg, and that can be a prediction of a brain attack or a heart attack.
But, if the isolated diastolic high blood pressure is less than 140 mm Hg, and diastolic blood pressure is greater than 90 mm Hg, then these readings poses no risk to a senior citizen.
So if you or a loved one is over 65 years of age with a systolic blood pressure reading that is greater than 140 mm Hg on several occasions, then you need to seek treatment. Do some lifestyle changes or start taking medications to bring it down. Today talk with your physician.
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