About High Blood Pressure

WHAT IS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE? 

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries, which carry blood from your heart to other parts of your body. High blood pressure also called hypertension happens when your blood pressure stays high for a long time.

High blood pressure contributes to ~1000 deaths/day

Worldwide 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS?

High blood pressure is a silent killer because there are no warning signs or symptoms.

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE?

High blood pressure can harden your arteries decreasing the flow of blood and oxygen to your heart and lead to heart disease. High blood pressure can burst or block arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the brain, causing a stroke.

THE LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH IN THE US:

                         

 Heart Disease                               Stroke


WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS?
  • Unhealthy diet

  • Physical inactivity

  • Obesity

  • Alcohol

  • Tobacco use

  • Diabetes

 

BEST PROVEN LIFESTYLE INTERVENTIONS FOR THE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.



High blood pressure is damaging to your health, however it is preventable with lifestyle intervention. Reducing the average amount of salt or sodium that people eat per day to the level recommended in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010—may reduce cases of high blood pressure.