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Archives for the day Friday, August 7th, 2009

the silent killerEvery time I look in the mirror and see myself gaining weight, I instantly cram to trim down. Not long ago my father was diagnosed with hypertension and I don’t want that to happen to me. I will just share little information about hypertension.

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a disease of vascular regulation resulting from malfunction of arterial pressure control mechanisms (central nervous system, rennin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, extracellular fluid volume). The cause is unknown, and there is no cure. The basic explanation is that blood pressure is elevated when there is increased cardiac output plus increase peripheral vascular resistance.

It is one of the most prevalent chronic disease for which treatment is available. However, most patients with hypertension are unaware, untreated or inadequately treated. Risk factors for hypertension are ages between 30 to 70, overweight, sleep apnea, family history, cigarette smoking, sedentary lifestyle, and diabetes mellitus. It is termed as the silent killer because it has no overt symptoms. The untreated disease may progress to retinopathy, renal failure, coronary artery disease, heart failure, and stroke.