You can’t feel it, taste it, smell it, or see it. But if you have it, and do not take care of it, odds are it will kill you. We are talking, of course, about hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure. It is widely accepted that high blood pressure is a major health problem and is associated with medical complications and greater risk of death from heart attack and stroke. Clinical studies have shown that controlling high blood pressure can lead to better survival. so if you have high blood pressure, please do not ignore it. When most people are told they have high blood pressure (or Hypertension) it comes as quite a shock because it is fast becoming a great concern for everybody. High blood pressure (hypertension) is often called a silent killer because you can have it for years without knowing it damaging your tissues and vital organs. It is one of the leading causes of heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney failure and premature death.
High blood pressure in the children can also be problematic. Often it is overlooked because the public perceives hypertension to be an adult affliction. However, children are also susceptible.
Blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. Your blood pressure normally varies during the day. It can even vary slightly with each beat of your heart. It increases during activity and decreases with rest.