High Blood Pressure/ Hypertension

Elevated Blood Pressure: The Silent Killer

Hypertension or high blood pressure often leads to heart disease.  High blood pressure that goes undetected or isn’t properly controlled can lead to heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure, stroke or premature death. Because it has few early symptoms, many people aren’t aware they have it.

 

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According to CDC, Every 39 seconds an adult dies from heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular disease.

Nearly 68 million people have high blood pressure but about 1 in 2 doesn’t have it under control

71 million US adults have high cholesterol but 2 in 3 don’t have it under control

USEFUL LINK:  http://www.cdc.gov/VitalSigns/CardiovascularDisease/index.html

 

Exercise for a good reason

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Walking the dog, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, even vacuuming briskly can increase the blood flow from your heart and through blood vessels.

Shake out that salt habit

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A high sodium intake is associated with higher blood pressures.

“Canned foods, snack foods, fast foods and other prepared foods are loaded with sodium. It is much better to prepare your own low-sodium meals if you can or play close attention to the amount of sodium listed on food labels.