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High blood pressure (hypertension), due to its alarming trend over past three decades, is a grave concern worldwide. Also known as the silent killer, this disease usually has no outward symptoms or warning signs. The afflicted may not realize that they are suffering from it.
According to the American Heart Association, coronary heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States and one of the contributing factors to heart disease is high blood pressure. If not treated on time, the grave impact of high blood pressure is that it shortens a person's life by 20 years. Earlier standards of blood pressure are lowered now to 115/75 mm hg. This pre high blood pressure level is the condition considered safe for the patient.
In most of the cases, the causes of this disease are not known. The range that indicates high blood pressure is 140/90 or above. This is known as primary or essential hypertension. Some factors of the underlying causes are genetics; high alcohol consumption; excessive sodium intake; indigested dietary potassium; stress and obesity. Chronic kidney disease is also strong contributor.
Symptoms & Left Hand Pain
Symptoms are rare before complicated problems are noticed. In rare cases, the blood pressure rises quickly. This syndrome is known as the accelerated hypertension. It is life threatening and requires immediate treatments.
When symptoms are felt, they may be drowsiness, headache, nausea and loss of vision. Another symptom is the sharp, shooting pain in the left hand which is due to rapid shaking or numbness in the fingers.
Angina & Left Hand Pain
Hypertension has wide ranging affects on your heart and circulatory system. These affects can lead to angina. A symptoms of angina is pain in the left hand or arm and indicates disease in the circulatory organs, especially the heart. This pain begins with a lower intensity, but in course of time becomes more intense and frequent. Angina pectoris affects the heart and the aorta. This is a dangerous condition that can end fatally. The erratic pattern and functioning of blood pressure levels contributes to this disease.
Know your blood pressure so that you can take action. A regular and proper diagnosis can help to prevent the disease. A well planned diet, regular exercise, not smoking and avoiding stress by meditation and proper sleep are preventive measures. Seek and strictly follow your physician medical advice.