Hypertension : A Serious Disease

943 Words Sep 27th, 2014 4 Pages
Hypertension is a serious disease that is become more prevalent in the United States. Hypertension should not be taken lightly and precautions need to be taken. If someone that is over 60 has hypertension, they should get the proper treatment. Although a recommendation to increase the target systolic blood pressure from 140 to150 mmHg in patients over 60 has been made, unsafe conditions could still appear. The hypertension guidelines should remain the same in order to play it safe. A patient should have treatment and be alleviated of a disease even if it is potential rather than leave it alone and have it arise as a more serious complication than it was before. Therefore, the hypertension guidelines should remain the same at 140 mmHg for systolic blood pressure. A definition of hypertension is essential in understanding the thesis presented. Hypertension is used to describe high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force against the walls of the artery as your heart pumps blood through your body.1 There are two numbers in blood pressure, which are the systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP). The systolic blood pressure is the top number of the two numbers in the blood pressure reading and diastolic blood pressure is the bottom number. Systolic blood pressure is your blood pressure when you are active, which is why it is higher than your diastolic blood pressure since that is your blood pressure when you are at rest.1 Hypertension is when your…
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