Medical News today (MNT) – Today the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has released a new guidance document, titled ‘Physicians Should Know What Their Patients Are Saying About Their Health’, outlining guidelines for healthcare providers who are treating patients with hypertension.
The guidance states that clinicians should make their patients aware of the risks associated with hypertension and the signs and symptoms of hypertension.
These are the reasons why it is important to treat hypertension with medication and treatment.
“Diabetes mellitus (DMI) is a chronic disease that affects about 1 in 20 people in the United States,” the guidance states.
“The prevalence of diabetes mellitus is increasing and has been estimated to be in excess of 40 percent of the population in the US, which is more than any other major American health problem.”
Diabetes can cause weight gain, increased risk of heart disease, stroke and heart attacks, kidney damage, blindness and chronic kidney disease.
In the past, hypertension was thought to be one of the main causes of diabetes.
Now, more and more people are taking medication for their hypertension, which can have an impact on their overall health and quality of life.
“Hepatitis C is a new condition that is affecting a lot of people,” Dr. Andrew N. Gaffney, MD, PhD, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, told Medical News Day.
“People with diabetes have higher risk of hypertension because of the amount of blood sugar that they are putting into their bodies.
This causes a high blood pressure and the increased risk is associated with diabetes mellus.”
According to the new guidance, there are two main ways that hypertension can lead to cardiovascular disease:1.
High blood pressure causes plaque build up in the arteries2.
High cholesterol can trigger an autoimmune response in the body.
“Diabetes is the most common cause of cardiovascular disease, and it is estimated that diabetes is responsible for about 1.5 million deaths annually,” Dr Gaffrey said.
“This is because diabetes can cause plaque build-up in the coronary arteries.
When these arteries become blocked, plaque buildup can lead the body to become inflamed, and this can lead a person to develop cardiovascular disease.”
According the CDC, the risk of developing cardiovascular disease from hypertension increases with age.
As a result, most people over age 50 will develop hypertension when they are in their early 30s.
If they are over age 60, they will have a higher chance of developing hypertension when their arteries are blocked.
“Hepatic disease can be treated by medication.
Medication has a significant effect on blood pressure,” Dr Nader, a cardiologist from Harvard Medical School, said.”
In my practice, we have seen patients over age 65 who have had no symptoms and have high blood pressures, high cholesterol and high blood sugar,” he said.
Gaffney added that it is also important to recognize the signs of hypertension that may indicate the need for medication.
“When people have hypertension, they can feel sick.
When you have high cholesterol, you have more cholesterol build-ups in your arteries.
So you can see that the blood pressure will go down,” he explained.
“When you have hypertension and high cholesterol that is a very strong indication that you need to treat it with medication.”
Dr Nader also told Medical Nader that it can be helpful to ask your patient to go through a blood pressure test once a week, which may help you see if your patient has the condition.
“If you have a history of hypertension and a history or history of heart attacks or strokes, and your blood pressure is elevated and you’re getting a lot more cholesterol, it may be a good idea to have a test to see if there is a risk of a heart attack or stroke,” he added.
“The key is to understand the symptoms of a person with hypertension,” he stressed.
“If you don’t have symptoms, you can go to the doctor and get your blood test, but if you do have symptoms and you do not have the signs that you’re having hypertension, then you need treatment,” he advised.
Dr Nasser noted that the first thing that doctors should do is talk to their patients about their risk factors for hypertension.
“We are always in the business of finding the most effective way to help people,” he continued.
“So, you should always be asking your patients to have their blood pressure checked and to take the medication.
You should be asking them to go to a doctor once a month, because that is the time when they need to be treated.”