Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, is a potentially serious heart condition that can lead to death. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, hypertension-related deaths have gone up 23 percent since 2000. High blood pressure can also contribute to other heart disease, including stroke.
High blood pressure is sometimes called the “silent killer,” because symptoms are often missed until a more serious health concern comes up, such as kidney failure. Early diagnosis and management of high blood pressure symptoms can improve health and longevity.
Handling a High Blood Pressure Diagnosis
In a news story recently featured on KXAN, Austin resident Mary Arana talked about how she was diagnosed with high blood pressure when she visited board certified cardiologist Dr. Caitlin Giesler at Ascension Seton Heart Institute. Dr. Giesler explained that diet can play an important role in the management of high blood pressure symptoms. Focusing on whole foods and cooking at home rather than eating out is best for those with hypertension, because it’s easier to limit sodium intake.
Other ways to improve high blood pressure symptoms include better stress management and getting regular exercise. Medication can also help control blood pressure. By taking a treatment approach based on guidance from a cardiologist, and one that includes making changes in lifestyle habits, both high blood pressure and overall health can benefit.