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Do You Have High Blood Pressure? Here’s What to Know.

Do You Have High Blood Pressure? Here’s What to Know.

Have you had a routine checkup with your doctor recently? Most people that develop high blood pressure have no signs or symptoms that point to it immediately. Levels can reach extremely dangerous highs and still go unnoticed. Make sure that you ask your doctor for blood pressure readings on a regular basis to ensure the safety of your heart health. Going years without any treatment can result in serious health problems such as heart attacks and strokes. The most important thing is that it is easily detectable, and you and your doctors can work together to control it! 

Symptoms to Look For 

As stated above, many people have no symptoms at all. High blood pressure is often referred to as a silent killer. When symptoms do arise, it is most likely when your health has reached a possible life-threatening stage. Some of the symptoms that you should look for are headaches, shortness of breath or even nosebleeds. 

Types of High Blood Pressure and Causes 

There are two types of high blood pressure. The first is primary hypertension. This type of high blood pressure develops over many years and there is no identifiable cause of why it started. The second is secondary hypertension. This type of high blood can appear very suddenly, and it can be caused by an underlying condition. Secondary hypertension causes higher blood pressure than primary hypertension and it can be caused by sleep apnea, kidney disease, adrenal gland tumors, thyroid problems, certain medications and more. 

Factors Putting You More at Risk 

  • Age 

  • Race 

  • Family history 

  • Being overweight 

  • Not being physically active 

  • Tobacco usage 
  • Drinking too much alcohol 
  • Stress  
  • Chronic conditions 

What You Can Do to Prevent and Manage It 

Making healthy lifestyle changes can have a significant impact on your heart health. If you would like to prevent or manage high blood pressure, follow some of these tips and make sure to consult with your doctor: 

  • Make sure that you are getting plenty of physical activity during the week 
  • Start a healthy, well-rounded diet that is low in salt intake 
  • Reduce the amount of alcohol intake 
  • Make sure that you are at a healthy weight 
  • Quit smoking 
  • Reduce stress if needed 

How Can Merrick Surgical Help 

Here at Merrick Surgical, we carry a line of lift chairs that can help you manage and improve your high blood pressure. You might be wondering; how can a lift chair benefit my heart's health? Well, it has everything to do with your blood flow. Lift chairs are extremely popular among people who have heart conditions, edema, or arthritis issues. Many times, lift chairs allow you to be in a position with your feet slightly above your heart. This position is beneficial because it reduces swelling and increases blood circulation! 

Now that you know all you need to know about high blood pressure, take the next steps to improve your health. View our selections of lift chairs in our online catalog now! 


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