May 17th is World Hypertension Day

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On May 17th,  LiveMD celebrates World Hypertension Day and helps to spread awareness about this disease and the millions of people around the world affected by it.

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure and it occurs when there is too much pressure in the blood vessels.  This can be caused by many conditions such as being overweight,  smoking, stress, high salt intake and a sedentary lifestyle.

What are the Symptoms of Hypertension?

Often people who have high blood pressure do not have any symptoms at all which is why hypertension can be quite dangerous. Blood pressure can continue to rise to dangerously high levels without a person knowing at all until they reach what is known as a Hypertensive Crisis. When this occurs medical treatment is required immediately and someone in this state may experience severe headaches, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, anxiety and a bleeding nose.

What Can You do to Prevent Hypertension?

The best way to prevent Hypertension is to lead a healthy lifestyle. Managing your weight and eating a healthy, balanced diet are both very important in keeping your blood pressure low. Quitting smoking and reducing your alcohol intake will help to increase your overall health. Managing stress is also vital in preventing hypertension.

Hypertension can be very dangerous if not monitored and managed. High blood pressure can lead to damaged arteries, heart attacks, stroke, erectile dysfunction, kidney damage and even death. This year, on May 17th, help to spread awareness about hypertension. To find out how to get involved visit the World Hypertension Day website http://ish-world.com/events/e/World-Hypertension-Day-2016/.

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May 17th, 2016 by