If you have been diagnosed with hypertension in the past and haven't taken medicine in a while but feel fine, is that OK?

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besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Hypertension is when the blood pressure in the arteries is dangerously elevated. When blood pressure is too high, it means that the heart has to work harder to pump the blood throughout the body. This can lead to organ damage and other life threatening conditions such as stroke, heart attack, renal failure, and aneurysms.

As you can see, hypertension can be very dangerous. This is why it is very important to stay on top of it. It is great that you are feeling fine but you should still see your doctor regularly for check ups. It is also a good idea to ask your doctor how often you should have check ups. You may also want to monitor your own blood pressure.

There are activities that can lead to hypertension. There are also many causes of hypertension. Here are a few of them:

  1. Smoking
  2. Obesity
  3. Stress
  4. Genetic predisposition
  5. Aging
  6. Certain medications
  7. Diabetes
  8. Lack of exercise
dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Hypertension or high blood pressure is called the silent killer. Most people that have hypertension have no symptoms, some people do have symptoms such as headaches, dizziness,even blurred vision.

Unfortunately, what you have described in not uncommon. A person will be diagnosed with hypertension, be prescribed medication, take it a while then stop. They "feel fine" so they wrongly think the medication is no longer needed.

Never stop taking a blood pressure medication without checking with your physician. Your blood pressure may or may not be controlled now. The person's physician should make the decision whether they need to continue to take the medication or not.

Hypertension has serious short and long term effects such as increased risk for stroke(CVA) and heart attack(AMI).

krishna-agrawala | Student

Hypertension is a disease which is often classified as a silent killer. This is because the the patient suffering from hypertension may not always feel its effect, though the hypertension keeps on damaging the body constantly, pausing the person slowly but surely closer to a premature death. Therefore, feeling fine is no justification for not taking medicines for hypertension regularly. The best practice is to take the medicine regularly and also get the blood pressure checked at regular interval. If on checking, the blood pressure is found to be significantly different from the normal in spite of taking medicines regularly, several more readings should be taken with gaps of a day to a week between readings, and only then dose of the medicines should be changed under advice of a qualified medical practitioner.