It is Hypertension Awareness Month, and at we want to bring you the information you need to combat the effects of high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.
In the United States alone, 1 out of 3 people suffer from high blood pressure, which translates to over 70 million people living with high blood pressure , as of 2012. About half of these people do not know they are suffering from high blood pressure. At these epidemic proportions, it is important for you to diagnose high blood pressure, prevent complications from high blood pressure and how to treat high blood pressure.
What are the health risks of untreated high blood pressure?
If not treated, those with high blood pressure are at risk of suffering heart attacks, strokes or other cardio-related diseases. It is especially important for those living with co-existing conditions such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke survivors to be treated and to control their condition on a regular basis.
How to control high blood pressure
You can control the effects of high blood pressure. Unfortunately, many do not take the preventative steps necessary to do so. These steps include
- a heart healthy diet
- controlling alcohol consumption
- creating a low stress environment
- practicing yoga or meditation
- not smoking
Of course there are also good, inexpensive medications your doctor can prescribe to control high blood pressure as well, if the steps above are not working.
It is very important to get screened by your doctor on a regular basis to diagnose whether you have high blood pressure. Our providers are always here to help test, diagnose and treat high blood pressure, sometimes known as “The Silent Killer”