Hypertension is largely a silent condition, occasionally you may get symptoms from a very high blood pressure. This is, however, not very common. As a result, you may go for years without knowing you have hypertension. Worse still, you may have been diagnosed, even given blood pressure tablets, but refuse to take it. These are 4 things you risk when you don’t treat your hypertension.
- Heart attack – Untreated hypertension puts pressure on the blood vessels and heart. With time this progresses until you get a heart attack. A heart attack can kill you instantly or leave you disabled. Avoid this by testing and treating hypertension.
- Heart failure – The pressure put on the heart can cause it to work very hard and eventually become inefficient. This ends up in heart failure where you’re heart works sub-optimally. Symptoms include being unable to breath and constant fatigue. You could also get a cardiac arrest and die. Life is to expensive to lose because of common hypertension that’s cheap to treat.
- Stroke – Hypertension is a known risk factor for stroke. It leads to blockage and clots in your blood vessels that supply the brain. When this happens, you get a stroke. With a stroke, you may lose you ability to walk, talk, see or eat properly. This abilities are too valuable to lose. Test and treat hypertension!
- kidney disease – Africans are at high risk of kidney disease. Untreated hypertension puts pressure on the kidneys and can lead to kidney failure. This failure means having to go to the dialysis clinic 3 times a week for dialysis treatment. This is not cheap! Treat hypertesnion to prevent kidney failure.
Hypertension is a very important condition. Don’t be fooled because you don’t have any symptoms. Go test your blood pressure and treat it if you’re diagnosed. If you struggle to remember to take your medications. Visit our patient site here to find a pharmacy close to you where you can get your tablets easily, monitor your blood pressure and receive reminders to take your medications.