Younger Men Need To Pay Attention To Their Blood Pressure, Too
Posted: May 7, 2019
Did you know that the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have revised their blood pressure guidelines? Previously, a person was only diagnosed with high blood pressure when it reached 140/90, but new blood pressure guidelines have changed that number to 130/80. For a number of young men, this will mean that they will go from having a blood pressure that is considered elevated to one that is considered high. A men’s health assessment can determine your blood pressure levels and implement a health management plan if necessary.
What Blood Pressure Readings Mean
Blood pressure readings indicate how hard the heart has to work. High blood pressure, sometimes referred to as hypertension, can strain both the heart and the blood vessels. Normal blood pressure is 120/80, and numbers between that and 130/90 indicate elevated blood pressure. Many people think of hypertension as a condition that strikes older people. However, under the new blood pressure guidelines, around 30 percent of young men will be classified as having high blood pressure. In some cases, high blood pressure can be caused by hereditary factors. In other cases, lifestyle is a factor. Blood pressure should be checked at least once a year, but you can also get readings throughout the year at a pharmacy or men’s health clinic.
Effects on Health
One of the reasons a regular men’s health assessment is important is that high blood pressure often does not cause symptoms. However, over time, it can have a significant effect on overall health. High blood pressure can increase the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke. It can lead to kidney disease or nerve damage and may cause vision problems.
Controlling Blood Pressure
Keeping blood pressure under control is important for men’s health management. If a men’s health assessment indicates a high blood pressure reading, that blood pressure can be managed with lifestyle changes and medication. In some cases, simply losing weight, exercising, quitting smoking and changing eating habits is sufficient. If blood pressure is very high or lifestyle changes do not work, medication can keep it at a manageable level. Men should still try to practice healthy lifestyle habits even if they are on medication.
If you have not had a blood pressure check or men’s health assessment for some time, make an online appointment with Low T Center at www.lowtcenter.com. In addition to checking blood pressure, a men’s health assessment at Low T Center can address any symptoms, such as fatigue, that could indicate low testosterone or other conditions.
Disclaimer: This article is made available for general, entertainment and educational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of Low T Center. You should always seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.