May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month
Health Risks with High Blood Pressure
High Blood Pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death in the United States.
In the US, heart disease is the most common form of death whilst stroke is the third leading cause. Other risk factors of high blood pressure include congestive heart failure & kidney disease.
What you don’t know about high
blood pressure could hurt you.
High blood pressure affects one in three Americans, yet many people with the condition don’t know they have it.
Here are 5 Surprising Facts about High Blood Pressure.
1. High blood pressure may be linked to dementia.
Some evidence suggests having uncontrolled high blood pressure during midlife (age 45 to 65) creates a higher risk for dementia later in life.
2. Young people can have high blood pressure, too.
High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke, a condition that is on the rise among younger people. Get your Blood Pressure checked once a year.
3. Women and minorities face unique risks.
Pregnancy women with high blood pressure more likely to have complications. African Americans have higher rates of high blood pressure than any other race or ethnic group
4. High blood pressure usually doesn’t have any symptoms.
High blood pressure is sometimes called the “silent killer.” Most people with high blood pressure don’t have any symptoms.
5. Many people who have high blood pressure don’t know it.
About 11 million U.S. adults with high blood pressure aren’t even aware they have it and are not receiving treatment to control their blood pressure.
Tips to Lower Your Blood Pressure
High Blood Pressure Education Month encourages people to look at various lifestyle factors which may be contributing to high blood pressure. Here are some tips to help you lowere your blood pressure.
Lower Sodium Intake
The majority of people consume more than twice the level of recommended sodium intake. Guidelines recommend up to 2,300mg of sodium per day for an adult. Those at higher risk should consume even less.
Maintaining a healthy body weight, regular exercise, and quitting smoking help regulate your blood pressure. Take a brisk walk everyday, as well as get your blood pressure checked regularaly.
It is also recommended that people eat potassium rich foods which help lower blood pressure. Potassium rich foods include fish, green leafy vegetables, bananas, citrus fruits and potatoes.