One of the hardest things that we all have to come to terms with is that we are not Superman or SuperWoman. Why…our entire lives most of us are taught that we can do anything…if we just set our mind to it. Recently, I had a personal struggle. In the past couple of weeks, I have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and had to start taking a daily medication. Have you been there? I personally always thought…not me! No way! I don’t want to have to take a medication every day. But then I faced the facts, my genes nor my health were going to change. I had to do something different. What did Einstein say? “Doing the same thing and expecting different results is the definition of insanity”. So, I had to bite the proverbial bullet and start blood pressure medication. You know what? I feel SO MUCH BETTER!!! I don’t end each day with a headache now and I don’t feel like I’m running a race with my days. Are you or a loved one struggling with this health care situation? You don’t have to be Einstein or a hard-headed woman like me to know that blood pressure is not something to ignore.
According to an article by senior advocate and health care provider Elizabeth Bemis, there are “Three Good Reasons You Should Keep Track of Your Blood Pressure”:
- Blood pressure problems are easy to overlook. Your blood pressure is “out of sight and out of mind”. There are no visible signs of high or low blood pressure and few physical symptoms. Because of this, it is important to check your blood pressure on a regular basis. Blood pressure problems are a “silent condition”.
- Low blood pressure can contribute to feelings of dizziness or weakness, which can increase the risk of falls and other injuries, but many people attribute these feelings to other things, such as being overtired.
- High blood pressure may cause headaches as one of the few symptoms and can lead to:
- An overworked heart
- Increased risk of heart disease and stroke
- Kidney disease
- Hardening of the arteries
But regardless of your age, take heart! Blood pressure issues are manageable. Always seek the advice of your health care professional with any medical issues. Be sure to report any problems you are having and don’t be a back-seat driver in your health! Take the wheel and be sure you are being an advocate for your health and well-being.