You are feeling good, things at home and work couldn’t be better. The weekend is coming and you can’t wait to relax. You just have to see your doctor for a regular checkup tomorrow and then you will be off to enjoy your plans for the weekend. But, at the doctor’s visit you are informed that your blood pressure is high. “What! But I feel so good, I’ve got energy, I’m able to multitask at work and home”, you cry out. You can’t believe it.
Why is high blood pressure a “killer”?
First, normal blood pressure should be around 120/80. It is normal that it will fluctuate based on your activity, emotion, pain, time of day, age, etc. Second, our bodies allow for this blood pressure change by expanding and contracting arteries and veins, changing blood volume, heart rate, electrolytes levels, etc. Third, factors such as genetics, smoking, artery disease, cholesterol, heart, liver and kidney problems and more, may increase your chances of developing high blood pressure. Our bodies try to “fix” or balance the high blood pressure yet it becomes harder and harder to do so over time.