Hypertension

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Hypertension

There are many
preventablediseases in our country. Hypertension remains the top
disease
affectingmany people across the United States. The reason our
healthcare
systemis so focused on this condition is because of the conditions
which
arevery treatable as well as preventable. Hypertension remains the
predominantillness in our medical system. The reason why our doctors
provideso much focus on hypertension is because the main modes of
therapy
arevery simple: diet and exercise. However, the US population does not
focusor abide with diet and exercise and physicians are forced to rely
on
medicalmanagement. Since the majority of the US population is
suffering
fromhypertension, it is important that all individual have an
understandingon this matter. By truly understanding hypertension, we
peoplecan have a better knowledge of how to prevent the condition as
well
asits many serious complications. Hypertension occurs when the blood
pressureis elevated this is a severe medical condition. This condition
is
toof have nearly afflicted over a billion people internationally and
isa
majorfactor to mortality and morbidity. This disease is often termed
as
the“silent killer”. The disease is usually unnoticed until the
damaging
effectssuch as stroke, renal function and blindness have come upon the
patients. Hypertension is also known as high blood pressure.
Hypertension
isdefined on the basis of levels above generally accepted normal’s the
normalpressure of an adult would be 120/80. Blood pressure is
calculated
inmillimeters of mercury. The number on top is the pressure that is
made
whenyour heart beats which is referred to as the systolic number. The
systolicnumber may be above normal when it is above the 140 level. The
numberon the bottom is the pressure inside blood vessels when the
heartis
atease which is also known as the diastolic number. The diastolic...
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