It was busy Thursday and I had finished my classes. Before going home, I sat in the office to check my emails.
Suddenly, one of the staff suddenly came up, panic was clear across his face. "Dr Wana, come! Come and see Professor A!"
"What happened?" I ask her.
"I'm feeling dizzy. I think he needs medical attention," he said urgently.
Professor A sat down when I saw him. After looking at her statistics, I saw her blood pressure had risen to 198/100 mmHg.
Alarmed, I ask him to take a deep breath and try to relax. I learned that he had reduced the dosage of his blood pressure medication several weeks ago.
Later she was taken to hospital where she was lucky, the medical officer cleared her to drive home as her blood pressure had been normalized.
Unfortunately, the situation of Professor A is quite common.
As high blood pressure does not usually cause any symptoms until it reaches dangerous levels, many patients simply stop or reduce their medication when they think they feel & # 39; well.
In fact, when you have high blood pressure, the most important thing you can do is keep taking your medication as directed.
If it causes side effects, discuss with your doctor to highlight the issues. There may be alternatives that will be compatible with you.
No symptoms make any risk
High blood pressure is a common condition, but many of us may not even know that we have no symptoms.
Mitigation, such as what is tested by Professor A, may lack breath and nervous shortages, until your blood pressure has reached a dangerous level.
Other signs include unclear changes or other vision, nausea, confusion, seizures, bloody or brown urine, and chest pain.
If you find a blood pressure crisis, stop any active activities and get rid of the environment that causes you stress.
You should also ask for medical attention as soon as possible. In some cases, the blood pressure crisis can be a life threat, causing internal bleeding, swelling of the brain or stroke.
Having high blood pressure leads to a number of health problems, including heart attacks, stroke and kidney disease.
As there are usually no signs or symptoms, the only way to know if you have a high blood pressure is to use a meter meter, or measure blood pressure.
Readings are taken regularly during visits to doctors.
What can I do to reduce my blood pressure?
Apart from taking your medicines as directed, there are simple lifestyle changes that can help.
You can control your blood pressure by:
• Weight loss (if you are overweight).
• Choosing a diet low in fat and rich in fruit, vegetables, and low fat dairy products.
• Reduce the amount of salt you eat.
• Do something active for at least 30 minutes a day for most days and weeks.
• Reduce alcohol (if you drink more than two alcoholic drinks a day).
• Have a home blood pressure gauge. People who check their own blood pressure at home make it better to keep them down and sometimes we can even reduce the amount of medication they take .
What medicines do I need?
There are many different medications to treat high blood pressure. But some medicines have other health benefits other than reducing blood pressure.
Your doctor will decide which medication is best for you depending on the following factors:
• How high your blood pressure is.
• Your other health problems, if you have anything.
• How well you do on the medicines you try.
Dr Wana Hla Shwe is a link teacher at the University of Perdana Graduate School of Medicine. This article is courtesy through Perdana University. The information provided is for educational purposes and communication only and should not be interpreted as a personal medical advice. The information published in this article has not intended to replace, repair or add a consultation with a healthcare professional about the reader's own medical care. The Star refuses all responsibility for any losses, damage to property or personal injury suffered directly or indirectly depending on such information.