Hypertension is the medical term that doctors use to describe the issue of high blood pressure.
If you are told that you are suffering from hypertension, then you should take it seriously, because high blood pressure can put you at risk of a number of cardiovascular conditions, including strokes and heart attacks.
What Causes Hypertension?
Hypertension can be caused by a number of things. Some people find that their blood pressure increases when they are stressed. For others, the issue is a build up of cholesterol and ‘plaques’ in the arteries reducing the amount of space that blood has to flow, and therefore increasing the blood pressure.
A healthy diet and plenty of exercise can help to mitigate those issues.
The strange thing about hypertension is that if you are going through a lot of stress in your life it’s not actually unusual to have your blood pressure go up a little bit. However, if your blood pressure remains high for a long time then that’s a serious problem, and something that you should look at treating.
If your doctor notices that you have high blood pressure then they would probably recommend that you try cutting down on alcohol, stopping smoking, losing weight (if you are overweight or obese according to their professional assessment) and getting some moderate exercise. It’s important, however, that you don’t overdo the exercise if you have been sedentary for a long time.
When to Take Hypertension Medication
If, after monitoring your health for a while it is noticed that your blood pressure is not going down (or worse, rising), then depending on how high your blood pressure is the doctor may advise you to start taking medication like Xarelto to bring your blood pressure back under control.
You should try to avoid taking blood pressure medication whenever possible, because the medication can be expensive and it can have unwanted side effects, such as those associated with Xarelto and others. If, however, you are told that your blood pressure is dangerously high, then taking medication could be the only reasonable way to cut your risk of stroke or other more serious health problems.
If your doctor tells you to take blood pressure medication, then it is important that you follow the directions that they give to the letter regarding dose, timing, and any exclusions – so don’t take it with other drugs unless you are told it is safe to do so, and adhere to other warnings regarding your lifestyle.
Your doctor will continue to monitor your blood pressure, and if they have given you other recommendations for ways to improve your health then after a few months of taking the medication they might recommend you lower the dose.
Blood pressure medicine doesn’t have to be “for life”, and while you may have to take it while you get your health in check in general, it could be possible to free yourself from it with long term lifestyle changes. That’s the ideal option, because it will mean that your heart and your veins are the way they should be; naturally healthy.
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