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Homework: Day 6 [ The Silent Killer ]

The Silent Killer. What is it? Why is it so silent? What can you do to prevent it?

The Silent Killer is another name for hypertension, or high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the pressure exerted on the walls of the artery. The normal blood pressure is 120/80. Your blood pressure is recorded as two numbers: Systolic and diastolic.

The Systolic number is the pressure within the arteries when your heart beats; it is also the top number. The diastolic number is the pressure in the arteries between  heartbeats when the heart is resting. Someone with hypertension is considered to have a blood pressure that is greater than 140/90, Hypertensive Urgency is when you have a blood pressure that is greater than 180/110 (without organ damage), and Hypertensive Emergency is when a person’s blood pressure is greater than 180/120 (with organ damage).

The reason why High Blood Pressure is also known as The Silent Killer  is because some people may have no symptoms or the symptoms are so typical that they are usually ignored. Don’t ignore the signs! If you have signs of chronic headaches, nosebleeds, change in vision, and/or confusion see your physician right away. 

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  1. July 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Thank you, this helped me alot

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