High blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension, happens when the force at which blood is being pushed against the arterial walls is too high. As time passes, high blood pressure can cause damage to the delicate tissues in the arteries. It increases stress on the heart, which decreases its efficiency over time. Poorly managed high blood pressure can also increase your risk of heart failure, heart attack and stroke. High blood pressure is easy to diagnose and manage with the help of your doctor.
More than 1 in 5 people in Singapore have high blood pressure as of 2017. This increases to 1 in 2 people in the 60-69 year age group.
High blood pressure affects more than the heart or arteries. Aside from increasing your risk of heart attack and stroke, it could also lead to kidney issues, sexual dysfunction and possible visual problems.
Hence, it is important that you keep high blood pressure under control and take action to improve your condition.
Work towards a healthy lifestyle. Start by eating nutritious food and reduce sodium intake. Exercising three times a week and reducing alcohol intake is also highly recommended.
Work with your medical professional for them to ensure you are not suffering from any other complications and tailor your treatment to best manage your condition.
Manage stress levels and regularly monitor your blood pressure.
Go for regular checkups and take your medication as prescribed.
High blood pressure may not necessarily occur by itself. It is important to screen for other potential conditions that are frequently associated with high blood pressure, as well as complications that may arise. Speedoc’s Chronic Disease Home Management (CDHM)™ Package takes all of this into account.
Poorly controlled high blood pressure can cause organ damage in the heart and kidneys. This may increase your individual healthcare costs due to hospitalisation and treatment of further complications. Here are 5 tips from NTUC Health that can help you manage high blood pressure in the long run.
Treating blood pressure is generally affordable even in private facilities, but hospitalisation fees stemming from poorly-managed high blood pressure could cost more than 10 times of that. Therefore, it is important to keep your blood pressure under control by taking your medication as prescribed and receiving regular vaccinations so that treatment costs stay low. It is generally recommended for patients to buy their own personal blood pressure machines to track the trends of their blood pressure and the effects of treatment. Home blood pressure monitoring devices are not expensive, usually ranging from $60 to $100. Free apps to track blood pressure can also be downloaded, for those are more tech savvy.
Manage your high blood pressure optimally in the comfort of your home. Sign up for Speedoc’s Chronic Disease Home Management (CDHM)™ Package and our team will schedule all your regular check-ups for you. From lab test and medicine reminders to doctors consultations, let us do all the work for you. Plus, you get 8 additional teleconsultations included that can be used by any family member, for any condition.