Blood Pressure 160 At The Age Of 17 Is High Blood Pressure Even Though There Are No Symptoms?
Hello, I’m a 17-year-old student, a few months ago I was a medical checkup and at the time my blood pressure check was normal. Yesterday, right on February 22, 2019 I did a blood drive and during my blood pressure check 130/80, I was given medicine. This morning I took the medicine and I did a blood pressure check to take care of the driver’s license, and it turns out my blood pressure is 160. Do I have hypertension? While I do not experience symptoms of hypertension.
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Optimal blood pressure according to the latest guidelines from the AHA (American Heart Association) in 2017 is less than 130/80 mmHg. If your blood pressure reaches this number, or even more, then you could indeed be said to have hypertension. However, to be more objective, it is necessary to confirm with a number of examinations, at least in 2 different conditions, namely when resting and after activities.
The question now is, how many times have you had your blood pressure checked? Is the examination carried out when you are resting or after you have a heavy activity? What medicine did the doctor give you before?
Hypertension can affect anyone, young adults like you are no exception. There are many factors that trigger this condition, including genetic (heredity), obesity, physical inactivity, smoking habits, unhealthy diet patterns (too much sodium, and too little potassium), alcohol consumption, psychological stress, to medical conditions others, such as kidney disorders, diabetes, and sleep apnea. Not all people with hypertension will experience typical symptoms of hypertension such as headaches, spasms, prolonged nosebleeds, and so on. However, if untreated early on, hypertension can increase your risk of experiencing more serious complications, including heart attacks, strokes, brain aneurysm ruptures, heart failure, kidney, eye problems, memory problems, and so on. Therefore, active early detection is very important role to prevent the complications above.
We recommend that you consult your examination results directly with your doctor or specialist in internal medicine. That way, your doctor can give you the right treatment, for example by education about a healthy diet, good exercise to do, or also blood pressure-lowering drugs if necessary. At home, you can also balance the doctor's handling with the following steps:
Exercise at least once every 2 days, for example jogging, cycling, lifting weights, aerobics, and so on
Always maintain your weight so that it remains ideal
Don't over-consume foods high in salt, high in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, and simple carbohydrates
Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables
Stay away from excessive psychological stress
Sleep and wake up more disciplined every day
Don't smoke or consume alcohol
Hope this helps ...