Dr. Jalil Khan Announces Truth About HBP
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a serious medical condition with a high prevalence rate in the United States. It has been estimated that one out of three adults has hypertension. According to Dr. Jalil Khan, MD, a board certified internist with a fellowship in preventative cardiology, high blood pressure is one of the leading causes of heart attack and stroke. Up to 90 percent of high blood pressure cases have no discernible cause, according to Dr Khan. There are, however, certain risk factors that have been associated with hypertension, such as age, smoking, obesity, salt and alcohol intake, as well as genetics.
High Blood Pressure – The Bad News:
High blood pressure, in and of itself, generally has no symptoms, reveals Dr. Jalil Khan, MD. Up to one-third of people with hypertension are unaware of their condition. High blood pressure has often been called the silent killer, due to the fact that many people are afflicted with the disorder for years, and only seek medical attention once symptoms of hypertension related organ damage occur.
High Blood Pressure – The Ugly News:
High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of heart attack and heart failure, as well as stroke and kidney failure. Long term hypertension, according to Dr. Jalil Khan, MD, damages the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart and other organs. Ongoing high blood pressure can cause a hardening of the arteries, limiting the blood supply to the heart or brain, which can result in a heart attack or stroke. Hypertension can also cause thickening of the heart muscle itself, leading to heart failure. Weakening of blood vessels can also occur due to high blood pressure; if the blood vessels in the kidneys are weakened, kidney failure can occur.
High Blood Pressure – The Good News:
The good news regarding high blood pressure is that it is simple to detect and treat. Even though hypertension shows no symptoms, it is easily diagnosed through blood pressure monitoring. This is why Dr Khan believes a yearly medical checkup, even when you have no health complaints, is absolutely imperative. It takes only a few minutes to check one’s blood pressure, and catch hypertension early, before damage is done. High blood pressure is easily treated through medication, along with lifestyle changes, such as exercise and diet modification, indicates Dr. Khan.
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