High blood pressure is almost entirely preventable and yet devastates millions of lives, including the young. Juliet Gellatley of Viva! And yet this silent killer lays waste to the lives of nine million people every year and in the UK, and its victims are becoming ever younger. The higher the systolic blood pressure, the more severe the harm. These findings are consistent with previous research that links hypertension to brain damage. In other words, brain damage caused by high blood pressure in our 30s and 40s causes dementia later in life. Blood pressure describes the pressure in the main blood vessel in your arm, which stems from the heart. It is measured both when the heart is beating systolic pressure — the first measurement and between beats the resting rate, or diastolic pressure — the second measurement. Blood pressure should be checked when resting. And even those with a genetic susceptibility can reduce their blood pressure by changing the way they live and eat. The NHS also cite being a couch potato, rather liberal with the booze, stuffing down too much food and of the wrong types, smoking and lack of sleep.
And no matter how much the pharmaceutical companies protest with their billions of dollars of marketing money for research and advertising, over-treatment of your hypertension increases your risk of heart attacks, strokes, and early death. Do not confuse this discussion with naturally-occurring low blood pressure. Your doctor may tell you that by treating your high blood pressure with drugs you will cut your risk of a stroke almost in half. If you have mild hypertension diastolic — lower number — of 90 to mmHg your risk of a stroke over the next 5 years is 15 chances of every untreated patients or 1. If you take medication, then your risk for a stroke is 9 chances out of every treated patients for the next 5 years. But in real life absolute numbers this is not so impressive. Consider that if you treat people with drugs for five years, the benefit is only six fewer strokes 15 vs. Actually, the reduction is 0.
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