Hypertension: A silent killer that must be silenced!
When a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, it does not make noise. One has probably heard this question before in a physics class.
But what does it have to do with your health?
If you have high blood pressure and don’t see any symptoms, do you still have the disease?
The answer is YES.
High blood pressure, a disease impacting nearly one in three adults globally, is called the “silent killer” because it often shows no signs or symptoms and is often detected after it has caused damage to other organs which is why it is called ‘Silent killer’.
According to guidelines followed by medical experts, blood pressure is normal if its 120/80 or below.
The range of 120/80 to 139/89 which was one classified as normal too high is now considered to be pre-hypertensive.
If your blood pressure falls somewhere in the pre-hypertension range, it may quickly develop into high blood pressure, or 140/90 or above.
Most doctors now recommend lifestyle changes to lower blood pressure for anyone with a reading above 120/80.
If you have added risk factors such as being overweight or having high blood sugar or cholesterol, the concern is even greater.
Many people are not aware they have blood pressure as it does not show any signs.
50 year old Cynthia Nyagumbo shared her experiences with blood pressure.