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Hypertension – symptoms and complications of the silent killer

Commonly referred to as high blood pressure, hypertension is a medical condition characterized by the elevation of blood pressure.

There are different kinds of hypertension but the most common is the arterial hypertension.

This condition could also be classified into two – essential and secondary.

Essential hypertension refers to the condition when there is no specific medical cause that could explain the occurrence.

On the other hand, secondary hypertension is caused by secondary conditions like kidney malfunctions or adrenal tumors.

When not treated immediately, this condition could become persistent and could cause a lot of other aliments especially those that concern the heart.

It has known to be the common risk strokes, heart attacks, heart failure and arterial aneurysm.

It is also said to be the leading cause of chronic renal failure.

Some people report to have experienced headaches, fatigue, dizziness, blurring of vision and facial flushing.

One of the misconceptions of hypertension is its association with stress, mental tension and anxiety.

These conditions may affect the flow of the blood but those could not alone cause the imbalance condition of the blood flow.

However, accelerated hypertension is closely associated with somnolence, confusion, visual disturbances, nausea and vomiting.

Being in a hypertension condition is not permanent; and it could not be severe enough to cause symptoms.

Symptoms only surface when signs of end-organ damage are determined or are possible; otherwise, the condition is still considered accelerated hypertension.

Hypertension, as mentioned earlier, could cause a lot of complications.

Complications include cerebrovascular accidents or strokes, heart attack, heart failure, damage to the retina of the eye and renal failure.

The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a diet promoted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (part of the NIH, a United States government organisation) to control hypertension.

The Dieatary Glycemic Index menus and diet plans will help you to apply the DASH diet.