One of the life-threatening aspects of high blood pressure is that most people are unaware that they have the disease.
In fact, about one-third of people with high blood pressure do not know they have the disease.
This is because the symptoms of high blood pressure usually appear when the blood pressure is too high.
But surprisingly, most people don’t know what a healthy blood pressure should be.
There are 2 measurements of blood pressure, one is systolic blood pressure, which expresses the upper pressure number.
Systolic pressure basically shows the pressure of the blood reaching the various organs of the body as the heart beats.
The second measure is diastolic blood pressure, which shows the number of pauses and rests between human heartbeats.
So know that blood pressure of healthy people should be 120/80.
If a person’s blood pressure is 130/80, it should be understood that he/she has the onset of hypertension.
Similarly, if the blood pressure is 140/90, it is an indication of progression towards the serious stage of hypertension.
These numbers are extremely important because every 20-point increase in systolic pressure or 10-point increase in diastolic pressure doubles a person’s risk of death from a heart attack or stroke.
In patients with high blood pressure, the heart has difficulty working and has to work harder to pump blood to different parts of the body, which weakens it. This results in various heart diseases or heart attack.
As mentioned above, the sufferers of this disease are often unaware of it and hence it is also known as the silent killer disease that can affect people of all ages.
It is recommended by medical experts that blood pressure should be checked at least once every year after the age of 30.