Oct 5, 2017 by Alan White
As the senior citizen population continues to grow, the significance of hypertension and the cause and prevention is a major medical issue. Without proper treatment, hypertension may lead to heart failure, stroke, or myocardial infarction. The current cost of managing hypertension is high, and the need to reduce costs and identify hypertension early on is crucial for this growing group of people. Our caring senior service in conjunction with your doctor recommends regular blood pressure checks to keep an eye on potential hypertension.
To understand hypertension, our caring senior service advises thinking of blood pressure in this manner; the heart pumps the blood through the arteries If the arteries become blocked with plaque (from too much fat and cholesterol), the arteries cannot handle it and the pressure builds up. The increased pressure can make it harder for your parent to get around, and can damage their blood vessels which leads to grievous complications.
We believe that it is never too late to take an active role in lowering blood pressure. Often hereditary factors are a cause of hypertension. Having a complete family history will assist you and your parent take the proactive role needed to maintain the appropriate blood pressure levels for wellness.
Hypertension that develops late in life often is not hereditary or disease-related. Our caring senior service has seen that there isn’t enough research to pinpoint the cause in the elderly population. However, it is suspected that as the body ages the blood vessels naturally form unnecessary connections – becoming “fibrotic vessels”. The blood will not flow as easily through here, which means the pressure tends to go up. Also, as your loved one ages they are more likely to have other chronic illnesses such as diabetes that are correlated with hypertension.
With the support of our team and you, your loved one can reduce their risk of hypertension and live a longer, healthier life.
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