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Here's The High Blood Pressure Fact Sheet You Need To Stay Healthy

August 12, 2021

If you have high blood pressure, you’re increasing your risk for a number of related health conditions because heart health and blood pressure go hand-in-hand. But knowing the facts about blood pressure can help to keep your numbers down and your heart healthy.

High blood pressure (also known as hypertension)  indicates that your heart is working too hard to pump blood to the rest of your body. It’s a condition that occurs in people of all ages and backgrounds but is preventable in most cases. That’s why it’s so important to understand the factors that affect blood pressure control the most.

That’s why we’ve put together this high blood pressure fact sheet for you. It’s filled with tidbits, statistics and information to help you stay healthy.

High Blood Pressure Facts

Let’s start with some sobering facts about high blood pressure and what it can do to you.

  • High blood pressure is a major contributing factor to heart disease, congestive heart failure, stroke and kidney disease.
  • Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure, according to new statistics from the American Heart Association.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2018, nearly half a million deaths in the United States included hypertension as a primary or contributing cause.
  • Nearly 30% of adults in America are prehypertensive, meaning that their blood pressure numbers are higher than normal, but still out of the high blood pressure range. These people are at a higher risk of developing high blood pressure.
  • According to the CDC, only about 24% of adults with hypertension have their condition under control. And about half of adults (45%) with uncontrolled hypertension have a blood pressure of 140/90 mm Hg or higher. This includes 37 million U.S. adults.

It goes to show you just how prevalent high blood pressure is in our society, but the good news is that there are ways to prevent it, and from becoming one of the statistics we just mentioned.

Ways To Lower High Blood Pressure

More and more hypertensive Americans, especially those aged 60 and older, are not only getting their high blood pressure diagnosed. They’re seeking treatment or making healthy lifestyle changes to lower it.  

Some of the lifestyle changes you can make to bring your blood pressure down include:

  • Eat a well-balanced diet that's low in salt
  • Limit alcohol
  • Enjoy regular physical activity
  • Manage stress
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Quit smoking

Some experts say that lifestyle changes are better done together. So, find a partner and walk together, or have healthy meals and snacks together.

You can also help your partner get their medication and keep medical appointments by providing assistance with transportation or costs.

Talk to Your Physician about Hypertension

But before you make any lifestyle changes, you should talk to your doctor first. Even if you don’t think your blood pressure is an issue, you should still have it checked out because:

  • About 1 out of 5 American adults who are suffering from high blood pressure are unaware they have the condition.
  • Anyone over the age of 40 should go for a blood pressure screening once a year.
  • Doctors often suggest checking your blood pressure once or twice a day for a week or so right after starting or changing medications.

If you need to talk to a doctor about high blood pressure, do not hesitate to contact our physicians.

Or you can check out our guide “Know Your Numbers: Blood Pressure.” Inside you’ll find even more ways to lower your blood pressure and keep your heart as healthy as it can be.

Blood Pressure Guide