• Digestive Disorders Diarrhea
    Digestive Disorders Diarrhea
  • High Blood Pressure aka The Silent Killer
    High Blood Pressure aka The Silent Killer


High Blood Pressure aka The Silent Killer

How high blood pressure occurs

The Silent Killer is a name given to the high blood pressure (hypertension) because it has no initial symptoms but it may cause severe complications and diseases.

There are many people who have high blood pressure and they’re either don’t know they have it or they fail to see the danger that this condition may cause. High blood pressure is the main trigger for many serious medical conditions including kidney failure and heart attack.

High blood pressure sources

The sources aka causes of high blood pressure are many and they can be divided into two subgroups, those that can’t be prevented and those that can.
Sources that can’t be prevented include age (as the person ages they may develop arteriosclerosis which increases the chance of suffering from a high blood pressure), race (the research has proven that African Americans develop this condition at much early age and more often that Caucasians), socioeconomic status (in this case the stress is the main trigger for high blood pressure, people who have lesser income have more problems and a number of problems equal the amount of stress they are under), family (high blood pressure is a hereditary condition) and gender (men are more likely to develop high blood pressure)

Origins of high blood pressure that can be prevented and changed include alcohol use (more you drink the higher the blood pressure is), medications (some drugs elevate blood pressure 

For example, you have amphetamines and diet pills), obesity (obesity is one of the more common origins of high blood pressure: the risk of developing high blood pressure goes up along with the body weight and more overweight a person is the higher the chance of having a high blood pressure) and sodium sensitivity (high amount of sodium (salt) in a body is bad, as it increases a chance of getting high blood pressure and this is even more extreme with people who have high sodium sensitivity).

Symptoms of a high blood pressure

The very reason behind a “The Silent Killer” nickname for this condition is that it causes no symptoms in the majority of the cases. But in a minority of cases, there are some symptoms that can be connected to high blood pressure.

This happens with people whose blood pressure is very high, and they may develop constant re-occurring headaches, occasional dizziness, and blurred vision, and in some cases shortness of breath or vomiting and nausea. The main issue here is that these symptoms may be connected with other conditions as well, and people fail to see the connection between them and the blood pressure.

Diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure

High blood pressure is easily diagnosed with stethoscope used by a doctor or by an automated machine. To ensure the existence of constant high pressure, the practitioner of health care may ask you a barrage of questions that will prove the diagnosis.

Sadly, a high blood pressure can’t be cured it can be only controlled. The condition may progress, and the fight for control becomes harder as years go by.

Digestive Disorders Diarrhea

What you can do about Diarrhea

Diarrhea is a very frequent passage of stools that are soft and watery. It can be followed with cramps, the pressure in the stomach and abdominal bloating. This is the most common illness that affects all age groups, and it can be compared only to the common cold.

Some useful information about diarrhea

Diarrhea is also a symptom of many severe illnesses. Most severe form of diarrhea is chronic diarrhea (diarrhea that lasts over two weeks).

Diarrhea causes

There are a plethora of things that can cause diarrhea and they range from viruses to alcohol abuse.When it comes to viral infections that cause diarrhea, we can sort them in three virus groups: rotavirus (virus that causes diarrhea in infants), norovirus (viruses that are responsible for diarrhea epidemics among children and adults) and adenovirus (that causes diarrhea to all age groups).

Bacterial infections are, most commonly, caused by food poisoning and they are responsible for serious cases of diarrhea. One of the most severe types of diarrhea caused by bacterial infections is a so-called explosive diarrhea which is the forceful expulsion of stool. Bacterial infections that lead to diarrhea can also be contracted through foreign travel where we are met with bacteria our immune system had not met before.Parasites can also cause diarrhea and they are contracted through contaminated water. Most common diarrhea contracting parasites are Giardia Lamblia and Entamoeba histolytica.
Different reactions to some medications like antibiotics, cancer drugs, and antacids as well as intolerance to certain foods such as artificial sweeteners can also lead to diarrhea.Abuse of either alcohol or laxative will cause diarrhea. In the case of alcohol abuse, both chronic alcoholism and binge drinking may cause it and in the case of laxative abuse, frequent usage of the laxative will always cause diarrhea (you can also self-cause diarrhea by taking a lot of laxative at once).

Symptoms of diarrhea

Most common and most obvious symptom of diarrhea is watery and liquid stool. The severity of the diarrhea may be determined by its color. If the color of the stool is red, then it means that there is some form of intestinal bleeding at the work. If the stool is black then it means that there is a bleeding in upper portions of the intestine or in the stomach.

Abdominal cramps that include abdominal pain are also a symptom of diarrhea. In the majority of the cases the pain is mild or moderate, but in some rare cases the pain is severe and that suggests some severe disease in the digestive system.

High fewer as a diarrhea symptom is rare and it suggests other severe illness.

Diarrhea treatment


Diarrhea is treated differently depending on the patient, whether they are children or adults. Adults should drink a lot of water, eat foods that are not greasy or fatty and they should avoid any form of exercise.Children that have diarrhea should stay at home and they should drink a lot of water. Infants should be fed with Pedialyte and a diet that contains bananas, toast and rice.

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