pressure – or Hypertension – should be seen as an indicator, a “risk
factor” for other diseases, but not as one in its own right. This very
fact means that it should not be simply treated in a blanket and uniform
manner, if found to be elevated, but examined in this broader picture.
main reason for this is that treating it without this assessment means a
“symptom” rather than a “disease” is being treated, and, as there are
significant side effects to blood pressure medication, this is an
important first step. Also you may be living in a fool’s paradise, where
treatment lowers the pressure, but not the factors that lead to the
increase in pressure and hence to the resulting disease.
the principle question should be “what is elevating the blood pressure
in the first place?” It may be that there is arterial or vascular
disease, which usually provides a clear pattern on measurement, often
with a wider than usual range between the two levels measured; that is,
the systolic, or higher end, and the diastolic, or lower.