Hypertension

By Lauren

What Is Hypertension?

Hypertension is a condition where the force of your blood against the artery wall is to high, also know as high blood pressure or HBP. Hypertension important to know about because it is a very common disease and if you get it, or have it, you will most likely know more about it then you did before.

Facts About HBP

  • Treatable with prescribed medication.
  • Each year there are 3 million new cases of hypertension recorded in the US.
  • Hypertension can last years or be life long.
  • People usually don’t know they have hypertension until they are diagnosed by their doctor.
  • Hypertension can also cause heart disease or a stroke if not treated.
  • Taking prescribed medication, eating healthier, consuming less sodium and exercising regularly can help lower your blood pressure.
  • Can be inherited from your family.
  • There are no symptoms of hypertension.
  • Adults are at greater risk for hypertension than children or teens.
  • Diagnosed by medical tests.

5 Things a Person Can do to Improve and/or Mantain Their Health

  • Taking prescribed medication. (That's always a good thing.)
  • Eating healthier can help lower sodium levels and consuming less sodium can help because it might be one of the reasons you have HBP.
  • Cut back on caffeine, caffeine can raise your blood pressure which is the opposite of what we want it to do.

  • Exercising regularly can help lower your blood pressure.

  • Going to stress management can help because stress might be a reason why you have HBP.

Is there a cure for Hypertension?

Yes! The cure would be taking prescribed medication from your doctor. But in some cases it may not be cured and can last a lifetime.

Can Hypertension be Fatal?

Yes, hypertension can be fatal because if not treated immediately it can lead to heart disease and/or stroke which are the leading causes of death in the US, which means early treatment is VERY IMPORTANT!

Who does Hypertension Affect?

People who are at higher risk for hypertension are people who are 40 and over, but anyone of any age or gender can have it

What is the Future of Hypertension?

There is a new piece of technology called the Vessix V2 that can stop 1 in 3 adults from getting Hypertension.


How do I know if I have it?

There are no symptoms of hypertension, the only way you will know is by having a medical tests or when your going to the doctor for your checkup they will measure your blood pressure and will tell you if it's too high.

Information Sources

http://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 19 Feb. 2015. Web. 17 Nov. 2015.


http://www.world-heart-federation.org/cardiovascular-health/cardiovascular-disease-risk-factors/hypertension/

"Hypertension." Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors -. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2015.