HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure. It can lead to severe health complications and increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and sometimes death. Sometimes labeled the "silent killer" so it must be addressed. 

Almost half of all adults in the United States have hypertension, but many are not aware of this fact. Keeping blood pressure under control is vital for preserving health and reducing the risk of these dangerous conditions.

Risk factors associated with hypertension: Age, Obesity, Family history, Sedentary lifestyle, Hight sodium/salt diet, Race, and Excessive alcohol consumption.

Lifestyle changes to control hypertension include diet, exercise, salt restriction, weight loss, and limited alcohol intake.

 

Stages of high blood pressure:

  • Normal blood pressure: Less than 130/80 mmHg.
  • Stage 1 hypertension: 130 to 139/80 to 89
  • Stage 2 hypertension:  over 140/90