Friday, April 27, 2007

What is High Blood Pressure

Higb Blood Pressure - The Slient Killer that affects nearly 21% of Singaporeans with percentage expected to increase due to aging population.

Blood Pressure are read in 2 numbers. Eg 120/80.
The top number is your systolic pressure - the pressure in your arteries when your heart pumps.
The bottom number is your diastolic blood pressure - the blood pressure in your arteries when your heart relaxes between pumps

In 95% of people with hypertension, the cause is unknown.

Normal BP ========== <130 <85
High-Normal BP ======= 130 – 139, 85 – 89
Mild Hypertension ====== 140 – 159 90 – 99
Moderate Hypertension === 160 – 179 100 – 109
Severe 3
Hypertension === >180 >110

Hypertension often causes no symptom but can lead to damage of various organs in the body if the blood pressure remains persistently high. It is thus often called the silent killer. Over years it can lead to damage to the heart and blood vessels, making it more likely that the individual will develop a stroke or heart attack.

It is difficult for those with Hypertension to take up an insurance plan.
Many people wants more cover only when they found themselves to be less healthy.
However. Insurance is something that can be purchased only if you are healthy.


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