High blood pressure (Hypertension) is "The Silent Killer". Learn more about blood pressure readings, blood pressure medication and how to maintain a healthy blood pressure.
In Singapore, 1 in 5 adults has high blood pressure (also known as hypertension). If not treated properly, high blood pressure (hypertension) can lead to heart attacks, stroke and kidney disease.
Although most with high blood pressure (hypertension) feel normal, it can lead to damage of the kidneys, heart and other organs if blood pressure is not controlled. That is why high blood pressure (hypertension) is called "The Silent Killer".
Thus, it is important to check your blood pressure regularly with your doctor even if you don't have hypertension and feel normal.
Normal blood pressure should be below 140/90.
Blood pressure readings for diabetes, heart disease, stroke or kidney disease patiets should be below 130/80.
Blood Pressure Medication
If you are on blood pressure medication, take your medication daily, even if you feel normal. As blood pressure tends to be highest in the morning, take your medication soon after waking up.
Lead a Healthy Lifestyle
Whether you have high blood pressure (hypertesion) or not, you should adopt a healthy lifestyle to keep your blood pressure uder control.
How to Lower Blood Pressure
Ways to keep your blood pressure under control include:
Sometimes, blood pressure readings taken in a clinic may differ from those taken at home. This can be due to nervousness, stress or walking about in the clinic.
Hence it is recommended to have your own digital blood pressure monitor at home so you can check it anytime. With it, you will be able to keep track of your blood pressure and know whether it is under control. Check your blood pressure about 3 times a week, and record and show these readings to your doctor.
Lifestyle & Diet - Key to Good BP Control
Remember, high blood pressure (hypertesion) is silent - meaning you can feel normal but it can still damage your organs. Keep your blood pressure under control, adopt a healthy lifestyle, consume less salt, be active, keep a healthy weight and avoid smoking. Lastly, check your blood pressure regularly.