It has been called the “silent killer” and high blood pressure can reach dangerous levels before you know it. It’s important that high blood pressure sufferers monitor their levels and make regular visits to their physician to stay on top of this condition. And those who are “borderline” high blood pressure candidates should modify their lifestyle to regulate their salt intake and watch their weight to avoid an exacerbation of blood pressure levels.
Regular Medical Visits
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that high blood pressure sufferers visit their doctor at least twice a year. This extra vigilance can result in a 3.2 times more likelihood that blood pressure will stay under control. Research conducted by the AHA’s journal Circulation contends that maintaining health care insurance and treating high cholesterol can help control hypertension. Doctors are more likely to prescribe blood pressure maintenance drugs for obese patients.
What is “high” blood pressure?
Blood pressure measured at 140+ mm (top measurement, or systolic) over 90+ mm (bottom measurement, or diastolic) is considered high. For people with blood pressure readings in this range, the AHA recommends weight control, a healthy diet, and regular physical activity. If these changes are not effective in controlling blood pressure, medication may be indicated. Confused about what blood pressure numbers mean? Here’s a quick little guide:
Insurance can help
In a study conducted at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville, and funded by the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Army, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state of South Carolina, doctors questioned at total of 37,000 patients from 1999-2012. The author of the study, Brent Egan, M.D., together with co-authors Jiexiang Li, Ph.D., Florence N. Hutchison, M.D.; and Keith Ferdinand, M.D., found that the major factor in controlling blood pressure is regular doctor visits. It’s also important to have an insurance plan that helps cover those visits. It’s risky to go without health insurance, and even riskier for those with high blood pressure.
Preventing Heart Attack and Stroke
Blood pressure that is not in the normal range or controlled, either through diet and exercise or by medication, is the leading cause of heart attack and stroke. Of the 78 million people who have high blood pressure, only 80% know they have it, and 75% receive treatment for it. Attending regular doctor visits gives those with hypertension a chance to receive the treatment that can be the difference between life and death. The fact that they are regularly monitored by a physician who checks their blood pressure is a definite advantage.
“New Jersey residents now have an opportunity to obtain reasonably priced health insurance” says Robert Searle of The C. Walter Searle Insurance Agency in Nutley, NJ. This can give high blood pressure sufferers a fighting chance against the detrimental effects of the disease. It’s important to visit your physician regularly and to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and the best way to accomplish that is to secure reliable insurance that will help keep you on the road to good health.