HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE (HYPERTENSION)
High blood pressure is a condition where the force of the blood against your artery walls is persistently elevated. This is a long-term medical condition and can be a major risk factor for diseases such as coronary artery disease, heart failure, vision loss, stroke, chronic kidney disease and peripheral vascular disease among others.
There are two measurements used when determining the blood pressure, the systolic and diastolic, which are the maximum and minimum pressures. The normal blood pressure at rest is within the range of 100-140 millimeters mercury (mmHg) systolic and 60-90 mmHg diastolic. Any changes with the measurements would signify you have hypertension.
There are two types of hypertension: the secondary and the primary. The secondary hypertension is a high blood pressure was the result of a separate health condition while the primary hypertension is a pressure that develops gradually over time, such as lifestyle practices, alcohol consumption or hereditary factors.
There are very rare symptoms associated with high blood pressure. These are dull headaches, dizzy spells, and frequent nosebleeds. For emergency hypertension symptoms, there are instances that there are no symptoms, but if they do occur, usually this happens when blood pressure spikes suddenly. This medical condition is called a hypertensive crisis.
Hypertensive crisis is usually due to secondary hypertension. The blood pressure reading of this condition is 180 or more for systolic pressure or 110 or more for the diastolic pressure. If you check your blood pressure reading and have the result of more than 180, rest for a few minutes and check again. If you are still getting the same reading, then call for help.
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SSA considers Hypertension as a qualifier for the application of health assistance. If you think you are suffering from this medical condition you may be eligible for SSDI or SSI.