The older we get, how more challenging it is to stay healthy. Not only does our age change, but our body also gets more and more ailments. If you do not intercept these ailments in time, it can lead to major physical problems. That’s why it’s important that as you get older, you visit your doctor regularly to check things like your sugar levels, eyes, memory, and blood pressure. No matter how healthy you feel, get these things checked regularly and prevent major health problems in the future, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure (high BP), is a common health problem for senior Americans. As your body gets older, so does your vascular system. Your arteries get stiffer, which causes this. Even for the most healthy seniors, this can be a major problem. The worst part is, that it’s a medical issue where you feel not sick at all until you’re not, and then it’s bad. That’s why it’s often called “the silent killer.” If this is left untreated, it can cause serious health problems, like strokes, dementia, kidney disease, and eye problems.
Although it is called the silent killer, there are a few warning signs you should keep in mind:
- Severe headaches
- Severe tiredness & confusion
- Chest pain
- Vision problems
- Irregular heartbeat
- Blood in your urine
Please note! All these symptoms could also be symptoms of other illnesses, for example, pneumonia, migraine, and kidney failure. That’s why it’s important that once you experience one or more of the above-mentioned warning signs, you schedule an appointment with your doctor. He or she will probably do a check-up and 9 times out of 10 your BP will be checked as well. In case your blood pressure is the reason for your symptoms, the doctor will set up a treatment plan for you. Curious what this can be and what normal BP should be? Continue reading on the next page and find out!