Blood pressure is a measurement of the force with which blood pushes against blood vessel walls as the heart pumps it throughout the body. When a senior’s blood pressure becomes elevated and remains that way, this is known as high blood pressure. The Cincinnati senior care experts at Home Care Assistance have provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on this topic.
What are some of the risk factors for high blood pressure?
People who are obese or overweight, have pre-hypertension or a family history of high blood pressure are likely to struggle with this issue. High blood pressure or hypertension is most prevalent among men 45 and over and women 55 and over.
How can I prevent high blood pressure?
One of the best ways to prevent high blood pressure is by maintaining a healthy body weight. Those who are overweight can implement feasible weight loss plans that include modest, lifelong changes. A routine fitness plan can also limit the risk of high blood pressure. Adults should strive to get at least two to three hours of physical exercise each week. Alcohol consumption should be moderated, and those who smoke can enter into smoking cessation programs. Smoking greatly increases a person’s risk of high blood pressure.
What is a normal blood pressure reading?
Blood pressure readings that fall below 120/80 mmHg are considered acceptable. Lower blood pressure readings are usually better.
What are some signs of high blood pressure?
Surprisingly, hypertension does not usually present many noticeable symptoms. Thus, if you’re waiting for raging headaches, facial flushing, nausea and other symptoms before getting your blood pressure checked, you’re in danger. Noticeable signs of high blood pressure typically present themselves once blood pressure soars and seniors enter into a state known as hypertensive crisis. At this time, severe anxiety, headaches, shortness of breath and nosebleeds can occur. Immediate medical attention is necessary.
Why is controlling my blood pressure so important?
Elevated blood pressure can enlarge or weaken the heart, ultimately causing heart failure. Blood pressure that is elevated for an extended period of time can result in aneurysms, narrowing of the blood vessels that lead to the kidneys and eyes, and can also accelerate hardening of the arteries, which will increase the likelihood of heart attack, stroke, peripheral arterial failure and kidney disease among other things.
What is the treatment goal for high blood pressure?
The ultimate goal of treatment for high blood pressure is to normalize the senior’s blood pressure readings. Most doctors strive to get blood pressure readings below 140/90, however, each senior should consult with his or her doctor in order to determine individual treatment goals. A diagnosis of high blood pressure necessitates lifelong efforts to control it. These efforts can include regular exercise, proper diet, weight moderation, ongoing medical attention and even the continued use of prescription drugs.
If your concerned poor diet choices and a lack of physical activity are contributing to your loved one’s risk of high blood pressure or other health issues, Home Care Assistance can help. A highly trained Cincinnati caregiver can grocery shop, prepare healthful meals, offer mobility support during physical activity, pick up medications, and provide transportation to regular appointments. Call our office at 513-891-2273 to learn more about our flexible care plans.