The straightforward guide to high blood pressure, asthma, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease
Our objective is simple: To give you facts about the above diseases in layman's terms.
Have you ever wanted to know more about diseases than what your doctor could share with you? Your health care giver is a busy professional. He or she can spend only so much time explaining things to you.
Unfortunately, that can leave you with a feeling that you don't understand it all.
After all, it's your body and your life. You have a natural right to know what these diseases are really about, the treatments involved, possible consequences, what you can do to help recovery, steps you can take to help prevent the onset of disease and more. That's what this site is all about.
Ignorance can be truly dangerous when it comes to your health. If you are well-informed, you are better equipped to deal with these diseases. Plus you can cooperate better with your health care professional.
The following sections will give you information on each of the health areas we cover.
The airways often secrete an excess amount of mucous and become inflamed. A number of factors can trigger off an asthma episode including cold air, emotional distress, pollen / other allergens and more.
This airway obstruction is variable and can change spontaneously on its own, either improving or worsening. It can also improve in response to medication.
Asthma attacks can be mild or even severe enough to threaten life. On the positive side, asthma episodes can usually be controlled fairly quickly through medication and changes in the patient's environment.
Some researchers believe that all kinds of asthma are related to one single underlying condition. Others think that entirely separate conditions of the lungs cause different types of asthma.
No specific cause has been identified conclusively so far. While asthma can be managed, there is no comprehensive cure yet.
See the following link for more information on asthma.
Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure.
The heart pumps oxygenated blood to various parts of the body through arteries. As is the case when any liquid flows through a pipe, the blood flowing through the arteries exerts pressure on the arterial walls. The greater this pressure, the higher the level of blood pressure in the body.
It is easy to understand that when the arteries are relatively larger in size or when they are relaxed and dilated, the pressure of blood flowing through them will be relatively lower than when they are smaller or constricted.
When the heart beats to push blood out into the arteries, the pressure is at its peak. Then, the heart relaxes and allows itself to fill with blood. At this point, the pressure within the arteries is at its lowest.
The term systolic pressure refers to the pressure when the heart beats, i.e., the peak pressure as described above. Diastolic pressure is when the heart relaxes and represents the lowest pressure in the arteries.
When blood pressure at these points is above the normal ranges, the condition is called hypertension or high blood pressure.
Hypertension can be a serious condition because it can cause damage to many body organs including the kidneys, eyes and heart, among others. It is all the more serious because hypertension is usually a silent condition and does not become obvious through easily recognizable symptoms.
Fortunately, it is possible to control hypertension. In many cases, all that is
necessary to control mild hypertension is to cut down on sodium intake as well
as alcohol and reduce excess body weight.
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