Did you know the number one reason people visit doctors in the U.S. is to manage their high blood pressure (HBP)? Over 100 million, or half of all Americans have hypertension aka HBP. Worldwide, one-third of the adult population is affected; it is the most common cause of cardiovascular disease-related death and disability in Westernized societies.
Revised standards define borderline hypertension as 130/80 from the previous 140/90. Awareness, treatment, and control of HBP are highest with adults over 60 years old while only 10 percent of adults aged 20 to 39 years old take this ailment seriously. Due to increased life expectancy and aging, the issue of HBP will continue to grow along with incidences of heart disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes.
Blood pressure is the force of blood moving through our circulatory system. Each heartbeat creates blood pressure while arteries serve as de facto pipes for blood flow delivering oxygen, nutrients, clotting platelets, hormones, and immunity antibodies while removing toxins and other waste products. If arteries are narrowed, stiff, or damaged, blockages can lead to heart attack, stroke, and even death.
Blood pressure readings are expressed as systolic pressure followed by diastolic pressure. The higher number, systolic, reflects heart contraction followed by diastolic, the momentary resting pressure of arteries between beats. Both measurements are essential as they indicate how well the circulatory system is working.
Blood pressure drugs are the number one prescription medication in America. Certain HBP risk factors like advancing age, being a male, having a family history of cardiovascular issues, and being African American can’t be changed. One can, however, modify dietary choices and make lifestyle changes to improve blood pressure function:
Your health is our priority, so go out and start watching your blood pressure!
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