Hypertension or high blood pressure has now become a common phenomenon mainly because of the lifestyle we lead.- From our food habits to sleep patterns to the levels of stress, all of these are major contributors to the increasing number of cases.
What is Hypertension Really?
It occurs when the blood that is flowing through the vessels, exerts pressure and hence the term blood pressure or hypertension. Blood pressure higher than 140 over 90 mmHg (ml of mercury) is hypertension as per medical standards and norms.
There are two types of hypertension, some people experience essential hypertension, which has no identifiable cause. If you are diagnosed with this then its origins may be genetic, or due to your lifestyle including diet, weight and physical inactivity. Secondary hypertension is caused by another condition such as problems with your kidneys, certain medicines or some other medical problem.
Here are the ranges/categories of blood pressure:
HOW HYPERTENSION AFFECTS MALES AND FEMALES:
Studies show that men are more prone to hypertension than women, especially below the age of 50. After the age of 50, women are at a higher risk for the disease because of menopause.
The level of complications can differ between both genders. Men have a greater blood pressure load on the organs when affected by hypertension as compared to women.
The causes and effects of hypertension also differ between both men and women, meaning the causes among men for the development of this condition are stress, alcohol intake, tobacco and so on due to which they succumb to heart strokes and other heart-related issues. On the contrary, this condition is caused in women due to obesity, menopause, contraceptive pills and so on and due to which they might be prone to heart stroke and other issues.Please note that certain effects and causes can be similar in men and women if a symptom or a cause occurs amongst men it certainly does not mean it cannot happen to a woman and vice versa.
Here’s a snapshot of the cause, effect, and tips to deal with Hypertension for men and women:
The best way to find out if you have hypertension is to check your blood pressure by getting regular health checkups with your doctor or even better, you can do it at home on your own time by getting a blood pressure monitor such as our iHealth Feel or iHealth Clear.
The iHealth Clear can help you and your partner get ahead of this asymptomatic disease.