Uncontrolled Hypertension

Hypertension is a great risk factor where the person’s health is concerned. Due to urbanization and the associated health risks with a sedentary lifestyle out of every four people at least one of them will be affected by hypertension in their lives. Adequate control of hypertension is essential and if not done so can culminate into uncontrolled hypertension.

The definition of high blood pressure changes over a period time depending on several factors. However, all the doctors agree that a cut off limit of 140/90 is supposed to be followed. If hypertension is not diagnosed and treated accordingly it can convert into uncontrolled kind which could even be life threatening. This is specially so amongst diabetics. Same is the case with chronic kidney disease which can lead to uncontrolled hypertension which might be difficult to correct and set right even with the right amounts of medication. Patients with renal failure also had a prevalence of uncontrolled hypertension. Hence, inadequate measures used to control the hypertension can lead to cardiovascular disease.
In fact, research shows that a huge number of heart attacks and strokes can be prevented in hypertension was regularly monitored and kept in check. Most of the people with uncontrolled hypertension are either not aware of it or do not take medication regularly. Also, diet and a strict exercise regime will help you to keep uncontrolled hypertension in check. If these patients were to start medication and use them regularly they would be able to reduce the risk of strokes by at least 30%, coronary heart disease by 10 to 20% and congestive heart failure by about 40% to even 50%.
However, for patients who are already on medication and still have uncontrolled hypertension they need to be monitored more closely. The medication needs to be changed periodically as the body gets immune to it. Most people do not realize this and once a medication is prescribed for them continue to use it unsupervised for years to come. About 15,000 to 25,000 deaths could be avoided annually if people were to control their levels of high blood pressure.
The factors that lead to uncontrolled hypertension have been studied closely and what is found is that they fall under two categories predominantly. One is patient related and the other is doctor related. The factors that fall under the patient related category are no proper access to health care, not complying with the physicians’ inputs and not keeping a check and control over their diet and exercise. Weight control is an important measure too. The factors that fall under the umbrella of doctor related factors are the knowledge of the disease the care and the practices used to deliver it.
Uncontrolled hypertension can be a burden for all involved. It leads to more sick days and unproductive days for the person and the society as a whole.
Patients who are beyond a certain age, weight and who lead a sedentary lifestyle know that they are at risk and hence must take proactive measures to keep uncontrolled hypertension from occurring. These factors mentioned have a direct correlation between hypertension and its control.



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