April 23, 2009

The Silent Disease

Just yesterday morning one of our obese office mate complained that she was not feeling well and she was having a severe headache for almost a week already. Almost all of us got panicked about her condition that is why she was brought to the hospital for admission. We were not mistaken that what she was feeling was one of the signs of hypertension!

In the vast majority of cases, there are no clear symptoms of high blood pressure. This is why high blood pressure is called a "silent" disease -- and why some people wrongly believe it doesn't require treatment.

If symptoms of high blood pressure do occur, they may include:

  • Headaches, chest pain or tightness, shortness of breath, nosebleeds, and numbness and tingling, fatigue; you may have severe hypertension.
  • Excessive perspiration, muscle cramps, weakness, palpitations, and frequent urination; you may have secondary hypertension, possibly caused by a tumor or an adrenal gland disorder.
Call Your Doctor About High Blood Pressure If:
  • Your diastolic pressure -- the second, or bottom, number in a blood pressure reading -- suddenly shoots above 130. You may have malignant hypertension, a life-threatening condition.
  • You are experiencing severe headaches, nausea, blurred vision, and confusion or memory loss; you may have malignant hypertension, which can result in stroke or heart attack if left untreated.
This is a life threatening disease, so don't just ignore this! Thanks God that nothing did really happened to her except that until now her blood pressure is fluctuating. We hope and pray that Ate Inday will be okay the soonest.

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