3 odd facts you probably don’t know about blood pressure
Approximately 33% of Americans are affected by high blood pressure or hypertension and almost 50% of those individuals don’t have the condition under control. High blood pressure has been nicknamed “the silent killer” because many of the people who are affected with the condition have no symptoms. Uncontrolled hypertension can significantly increase your risk for heart disease or stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the U.S.
Most people associate the onset of high blood pressure with aging, but young people can also develop hypertension as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that nearly one in four men and one in five women between the ages of 35-44 are suffering from high blood pressure. Even more concerning is that approximately 10% of individuals between the ages of 20-34 also have high blood pressure.
Another fact that has come to light about high blood pressure is that it may be linked to a higher risk for developing dementia, especially in individuals who develop the condition between the ages of 45-65.
2 other things you should know
The CDC estimates that approximately 13 million adults in the U.S. don’t know they have high blood pressure and, therefore, aren’t receiving any treatment to control the condition even though many of them have health insurance and visit their health care provider at least once per year.
Women and minorities experience some unique risks when it comes to developing high blood pressure. Women who have been diagnosed with hypertension and become pregnant are at a greater risk for developing complications at birth and damage to their kidneys and other organs. Certain kinds of contraceptives can also increase a woman’s risk for developing high blood pressure.
Studies have also shown that African American men and women have higher rates of high blood pressure when compared to any other race or ethnic group which could be attributed to higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and stroke among this portion of the population.
The most important fact of all
It’s critical to maintaining your overall health and lowering your risk for health issues related to high blood pressure that you find out if you have high blood pressure. If you’re diagnosed with hypertension, your treatment plan will more than likely involve taking blood pressure medication. Discuss blood pressure medication facts with your doctor.
The other part of your treatment plan will include adopting a more healthy lifestyle which includes eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, not smoking, and limiting your alcohol consumption can go a long way to preventing hypertension.
Tracking blood pressure stats is essential to determining the efficacy of your medications. The Ivy Health wrist and arm blood pressure monitors offer you a convenient way to track and record BP and pulse rates at home. Using the free Ivy Health app, you can record your readings on your smart device or store them in the Ivy Cloud to share with your healthcare provider.