What is hypertension?
High blood pressure is also known as hypertension. It means that your blood vessels are always under very high pressure. This can lead to a heart attack or stroke. The high blood pressure can damage the walls of your blood vessels. Substances such as cholesterol can accumulate. Your blood vessels become narrower, and the risk of a heart attack or stroke increases. Heart failure is also one of the risks. With high blood pressure, the heart must work harder and harder to pump blood. Your heart muscle then becomes thicker and stiffer. The pumping power decreases, and heart failure can develop. Not only the heart but also other organs suffer from hypertension, such as your eyes and kidneys.
When are you at risk?
There are several factors that contribute to high blood pressure, such as being overweight, stress, smoking, alcohol, and not enough exercise. There may also be a hereditary predisposition. With age, your blood pressure rises. Between the ages of 35 and 64, high blood pressure occurs in about half of men and a third of women. Therefore, we recommend measuring your blood pressure every year, especially from that age. This can also be done at home and is easier than you may think.
Want to learn more about how to stay in control of your blood pressure? Urban Care can help you and a physical visit to the doctor is not always necessary. At Urban Care we also work through video-, text- and online consultation. All those options are available via the Urban Care Portal. Read more on our portal.