Hypertension is its name, and it's not taking any prisoners.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is when your blood exerts too much force against the walls of your blood vessels, causing damage. It’s estimated that over a billion people worldwide suffer from it.
The easiest and simplest way to spot if you have high blood pressure is to get tested regularly. A simple assessment by a nurse, pharmacist or doctor will be able to tell very quickly if you’re suffering from hypertension.
Here are a few common indicators that show that you might have hypertension:
Simply contact our Claims Team on 0861 18 92 02, where you’ll be directed to your closest network pharmacy and sent an electronic voucher via your cell phone. Present the voucher to the nurse or pharmacist and get your free blood pressure test.
Simply put, the pressure your own blood puts on major blood vessels, like the arteries in your heart, can have catastrophic consequences.
The complications caused by high blood pressure include:
Almost all of these complications can result in death.
High blood pressure is caused by poor diet, genetics, lack of exercise and stress. You can help prevent it through proper diet, regular exercise, avoiding tobacco use, reducing alcohol intake, and cutting down on high-fat foods.
Stress is also a contributing factor, especially if one was to self-medicate with food, alcohol or drugs. If you feel like you’re suffering from stress, especially stress that might be related to a traumatic event, all GetSavvi Health members have free access to 24/7 accredited, trained counsellors through HIV, Trauma and Assault Counselling Benefits. If you need help, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Prevention is, as always, better than cure. However, direct treatment can be done through chronic medication, which, as a GetSavvi Health member, would be covered by your Day-to-day Benefits. Hypertension medication can be collected from selected pharmacies.
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