Sun, Aug 19th 2012 07:00 am
Evan Apostolakis, N.D., Alive Medicine
High blood pressure is a major health threat to North Americans contributing to more deaths than anything other cause, with the exception of smoking. Here are some facts about high blood pressure you may not know:
1. High blood pressure is a common medical condition. More than 1 in 5 adults suffer from hypertension – high blood pressure. By the time you reach 55 your chance of suffering from hypertension is 40%.
2. High blood pressure is known as the silent killer. High blood pressure, for the most part, has no symptoms. Most people suffering from it do not know they have it. This is why you should check or have your blood pressure checked regularly.
3. Know your blood pressure goal. 140/90 is the ideal reading for most people.
4. Do not leave high blood pressure untreated. You are at increased risk of heart attack and stroke and other ailments if you leave hypertension untreated.
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5. Most risk factor you can control, some you cannot. If high blood pressure runs in your family, you may be predisposed to it. It is especially important to have it checked regularly.
6. You can control most high blood pressure risks. Leading a healthy lifestyle will reduce your chances of suffering from hypertension. Eating a healthy diet, regular exercise and losing weight if you are overweight will go a long way to reduce your risk of high blood pressure.
7. Reduce you salt intake. Studies have found that 90% of adults consume too much salt. Health experts have estimated that about 30% of all hypertension is caused by excessive salt consumption. Reducing your sodium intake will not only help your blood pressure, but health as well.