Homeostatic Imbalances: Hypertension

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What is Hypertension? It is most commonly known as high blood pressure. The body system that is involved is the cardiovascular system. The organ that is involved is the heart. The causes for homeostatic imbalance in hypertension are medication, weight, smoking, heredity, drinking, external stressors, age, disease, and race. The reason the feedback system cannot maintain homeostasis is because of the different effectors causing the arteries to constrict, thus causing your blood pressure to rise. If you don’t contain a homeostatic balance in the cardiovascular system, you at risk for having heart attacks, kidney damage, vision issues, strokes, and problems with the aorta. This is how I would explain hypertension to a 63 year old man with an 8th grade education. I would begin by explaining that blood pressure is the force that your blood exerts on your arteries. If you have high blood pressure it means that your blood is exerting too much force on your arteries and is making your heart’s job even harder. Your heart is a powerful and efficient muscle, but if made to work to hard for too long, it can enlarge and wear out or even fail. This can also cause a heart attack, stroke, even an early death. When you take your blood pressure, you will see two numbers referred to as your systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The normal range your blood pressure should be in is 120/80 or less. We classify high blood pressure as 140/90. If your blood pressure stays elevated then you will need to take action now, if you want to live a long and healthy life. The medication you will be taking is very important and that you take it on time. As there are some complications from having hypertension and letting it go uncontrolled. A few of the risks and complications are heart attacks, strokes kidney failure, and vision issues that could lead to blindness. There are
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