High blood pressure can lead to hypertensive heart disease which is a common heart ailment that afflicts millions of people across the world. If you are living in Singapore, you should be especially careful about heart problems because according to reports available, the fatality rate from heart disease is quite high in the country.
In 2016, of all the deaths recorded in Singapore, 29.5% resulted from cardiovascular disease. According to doctors at Julian Heart Specialist Clinic, Singapore, there are high chances of recovering from heart diseases by creating awareness for timely treatment.
Awareness is only possible when patients know about the seriousness of the problems they are facing. This article should give some insight about hypertensive disease and cerebrovascular disease or stroke to help people recover from the condition.
Hypertensive heart disease
People suffering from high blood pressure are most vulnerable to hypertensive heart disease. Since the blood pressure inside the arteries or blood vessels is too high, the heart is under stress as it must work hard to pump blood. Continuous overworking of the heart leads to thickened heart muscles, and if the thickness becomes too much, the supply of oxygen to the heart reduces. Thickening of the walls of the blood vessels is another effect of high blood pressure, and when cholesterol starts depositing on the walls; it throttles blood supply thereby increasing the risk of stroke and heart attack.
Diagnosing blood pressure is easy by monitoring it frequently to understand the pattern. Prolonged treatment and changes in lifestyle and diet help to keep blood pressure under control. Neglecting it can turn fatal as it leads to stroke, heart attack, kidney disease, and eye problems.
Stroke is the common name for the cerebrovascular disease that affects millions across the world. Several conditions can affect the blood vessels and suppress blood supply to the brain that starts suffocating for want of oxygen, and it leads to brain hemorrhage or stroke. The signs and symptoms of the disease depend on the affected area and the extent of the damage. The symptoms can range from a severe and sudden headache to weakness and numbness on one side of the body to paralysis of one side. Drooping of one side of the face, loss of half vision, confusion, loss of balance and loss of consciousness as well as slurred speech and difficulty in communicating are all symptoms of stroke.
Cerebrovascular diseases can often turn fatal, but timely medical care and treatment can help patients recover to some extent. Sometimes, despite the best efforts of starting appropriate treatment, there might be some unknown delays that can drive the situation out of control. An easier way is to keep away from cardiovascular diseases by leading a healthy lifestyle and eating healthy food besides exercising regularly. Keeping stress and body weight under control while monitoring the blood pressure periodically are some ways to maintain a healthy heart. Most importantly, quitting smoking is the best way to reduce the risks of heart disease.
In addition, regularly screening the heart increases the chances of preventing heart diseases.