Facts About Sex and High Blood Pressure

If youve got high blood pressure, should you avoid sex? Youll probably be happy to hear: to the contrary! It can be healthy for people with hypertension, as high blood pressure is called medically. Intercourse does boost blood pressure somewhat, but only momentarily. It doesnt affect the underlying basis of hypertension.

Orgasm usually produces relaxation, a release of nervous and musculor tension. Avoiding sex because of fear that it might affect you adversely doesnt make sense, because sexual activity has no connection with the mechanisms that cause elevated blood pressure.

Some drugs prescribed to control hypertension, may curb the sex drive and may cause impotency. This side effect can often be handled by reducing the dosage of the drug, or by switching to different drug. For those men who are hypertensive, Viagra and other drugs to treat erectile dysfunction might not be safe. Speak with your doctor.

A medication that causes impotence should never by simply abandoned without being replaced. To do so would be dangerous. A patient should insist on a full and frank discussion about possible side effects with his doctor. Sexual counseling is a vital adjunct in treating the high blood pressure sufferer.

SYMPTOMS OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

High blood pressure usually causes no symptoms; thats why high blood pressure often is labeled "the silent killer." People who have hypertension typically don't know it until their blood pressure is measured. Sometimes people with markedly elevated blood pressure may develop:headache dizziness blurred vision nausea and vomitingchest pain and shortness of breathNearly one-third of people who have hypertension don't know it. The only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to get your blood pressure checked on a regular basis. This is especially important if you have a close relative who has high blood pressure.Robin Westen is ThirdAges medical reporter. Check for her daily updates. She is the author of Ten Days to Detox: How to Look and Feel a Decade YoungerSee what others have to say about this story or leave a comment of your own.
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