High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is the result of the result of the force of the blood produced by your heart and the size and condition of your arteries. High blood pressure can affect all kinds of people, resulting from genetic history, specific medical conditions, medications and others. Most commonly, hypertension can be affected by the following factors:
- The amount water and salt you have in your body
- The condition of your kidneys, nervous system, or blood vessels
- The levels of different hormones in your body, such as testosterone
What is "normal" blood pressure?
- Normal: Less than 120/80
- Prehypertension: 120-139/80-89
- Stage 1 high blood pressure: 140-159/90-99
- Stage 2 high blood pressure: 160 and above/100 and above
What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?
Most of the time, there are no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may include:
- Chest pain
- Ear noise or buzzing
- Irregular heartbeat
- Vision changes