High Blood Pressure (Hypertension): Frequently Asked QuestionsTuesday, April 10, 2012 - 10:38
Q: Can blood pressure be too low?
A: Up to a certain point, the lower the blood pressure, the better. But an abnormally low blood pressure, called
Q: If I do not feel any symptoms, is there still a problem?
A: Most people with high blood pressure do not experience any symptoms. The presence of symptoms, such as headache or blurry vision, usually indicates severe or long-standing high blood pressure. However, over time, uncontrolled high blood pressure causes significant damage to important organs including the heart, kidneys, brain, and eyes. In a number of cases, this damage can lead to death. This is why high blood pressure is sometimes referred to as "the silent killer."
Q: If I exercise vigorously, like jogging, won't that be dangerous because my heart rate will speed up?
A: It is true that your heart rate will speed up when you exercise, causing your blood pressure to rise temporarily. But normally your body compensates by causing blood vessels to relax. With regular exercise, your heart will pump blood more efficiently. However, you should always check with your doctor before exercising. Some individuals (such as those with heart disease) may need to take special precautions, including a thorough medical evaluation, before beginning an exercise program. The hearts of some individuals are also more susceptible to increased stress associated with exercising.
Q: If I take medication for my high blood pressure, and the pressure falls to normal, why do I have to keep taking the medication?
A: In some cases, high blood pressure is caused by another condition. This type of
Q: If I miss a dose of medication, should I double up the next time I'm due to take it?
A: No. Missing a single dose now and then will probably not have any serious consequences. On the other hand, doubling up on the dose can lead to