Does High Blood Pressure Have Any Symptoms?

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As a caregiver one of your most important priorities is helping your aging parent stay as healthy as possible, which means not only avoiding potential health complications and concerns, but also managing those that they do have in the best way possible. In many situations caregivers rely on the presence of symptoms to indicate when their elderly loved one is dealing with a particular Caregiver-in-Brooksville-FLhealth concern, or when they might be dealing with increased severity of their health issue, necessitating additional support or treatment. In some circumstances, however, relying on symptoms is not an effective means of gauging your loved one’s condition or if they are in need of further medical attention. Some conditions, even quite severe ones, do not have symptoms or rarely have symptoms, which means that your loved one might be dealing with serious health issues without any obvious signs.

One such condition is high blood pressure. Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure affects approximately 75 million people throughout the United States, which accounts for 32 percent of the total adult population of the country, or 1 in every 3 adults. Though this condition can be very dangerous, putting your elderly loved one at risk for a wide variety of health complications and issues such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, and even dementia, it rarely carries with it any identifiable signs or symptoms.

 

Some people with high blood pressure do experience some symptoms. These can include:

  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nosebleeds

 

It is extremely important to note that these symptoms are not limited only to high blood pressure, and when they do occur they usually only happen with the hypertension has reached a very severe, and even life-threatening stage, meaning you should not wait until you see such symptoms to check in with your parent’s doctor about their health and how they are progressing with their hypertension.

 

If your elderly loved one has been suffering from high blood pressure, or has risk factors that gives them higher chances of developing this condition, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them. A care provider can give your parent highly personalized care designed specifically to address their individual needs, challenges, and limitations in a way that corresponds with their personality, wants, desires, and goals for their life. This means that your parent is able to stay as healthy, safe, and comfortable as possible while also pursuing a lifestyle that is as independent, active, engaged, and fulfilling as possible throughout their later years. When it comes to helping your parent manage their condition effectively, one of the most important things that this care provider can do is encourage compliance with the guidelines and instructions that the doctor has put forth for them. This includes taking any medications that they have been prescribed when and how they are supposed to, following through with dietary guidelines and instructions, and making better lifestyle choices that support a healthier life moving forward.

 

The staff at Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care is available to talk with you and your family about all of your needs. Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care provides quality and affordable caregiver services in Brooksville, FL and the surrounding areas. Call (352) 289-0450 for more information.

 

Sources:

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/AboutHighBloodPressure/What-is-High-Blood-Pressure_UCM_301759_Article.jsp?gclid=CL3N05bWnNICFUSBswodedMLQw#.WKnURfkrK01

https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_bloodpressure.htm

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/high-blood-pressure/art-20045868

 

About T.J. Hedick

TJ Hedick is the owner and director of "Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care" located on Florida's Nature coast. With a family lineage that stretches out over four generations here in Hernando County, TJ is extremely passionate about his local community with an emphasis on the senior population."I don't know, maybe it was the way I was raised, but I have so much admiration and respect for seniors in our community." Hedick said. Only leaving the area briefly to study business management and marketing Hedick later returned home to the business community. He added, "I always knew I would find a way to enrich peoples lives and that this would be my calling. I started to focus in on the senior community and decided that the people I would serve through my business endeavors would be the same senior community that taught me so much and instilled such great values in me throughout my youth." Hedick opened Acti-Kare as a way to give seniors the help and care they needed to remain independent and safe in their own homes as long as possible. Another cause close to his heart is the pursuit of a cure for Alzheimer's and dementia, and until there is a cure the proper care for those who suffer from this disease. "Dementia has affected my family and a very personal way." He continued. Through his company, Acti-Kare, and his personal efforts, Hedick looks forward to be major contributor for senior causes for years to come.
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