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What is the possible cause and treatment of high blood pressure?

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Published At May 27, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

One of my cousins has had high blood pressure for the past 10 years, and now he is 39 years old. He is not under medication and is not controlling his diet also. But will go for walks and play cricket with his friends once a week. He will get very tense while checking his BP. What to do? Is it fine if he does not go for a check-up and has medicines?

Please help.

Answered by Dr. Raveendran S R

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I can understand your concern.

If the blood pressure is high, it requires medical attention. Anxiety and tension can be a cause of hypertension. Hypertension is often referred to as the "silent killer" because it typically does not cause noticeable symptoms until it has caused significant damage to the body, such as heart disease, stroke, or kidney damage.

Hence, everybody needs to have regular check-ups and follow-up visits with a healthcare provider to monitor blood pressure and blood sugar and assess overall health. Your cousin must find ways to manage stress and anxiety and to have his blood pressure monitored under various circumstances to obtain accurate readings.

Lifestyle changes, including a heart-healthy diet, regular physical activity, weight management, limiting alcohol intake, and reducing sodium consumption, are essential components of hypertension management. Also, he should plan for the following tests and consult with a doctor in person.

1. Blood pressure levels.

2. FBS (fasting blood sugar).

3. Postprandial blood sugar levels.

4. Complete blood sugar levels.

Hope it helps.

Thanks and regards.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Raveendran S R
Dr. Raveendran S R

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