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Hypertension "Silent Killer"

Updated on November 19, 2014

Hypertension

About 1 of 3 U.S. adults or 67 million people have high blood pressure. Only about half 47 percent of these people have their blood pressure under control. This common condition increases the risk for heart diease and stroke. Stroke is the 2nd leading cause of death for Americans, according to study data conducted by the CDC.

High blood pressure or Hypertension has been called the "Silent Killer" because most people do not show an signs of high blood pressure. Or, people may not know what to look for regarding Hypertension. I personally, showed signs of Hypertension that includes: headache, nausea, chest pains. I went to see my doctor an was diagnosed with High blood pressure. After speaking with my doctor, I knew I had to take control of my health. My doctor and I dicussed the importance of exercise, and a healthy diet-lifestyle. My blood pressure is now under control, and I know I will be there for my family.




Hypertension "Silent Killer"
Hypertension "Silent Killer" | Source

Risk Factors-American Heart Association

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries, which caries blood from your heart to other parts of your body. Blood pressures normally rises and falls throughout the day. But, if it stays high for a longtime, it can damage your heart and lead to health problems.

Risk factors for heartdiease as a result of high bloodpressure can be modified, treated, and controlled by medication and lifestyle change. These risk factors include:

  • Smoking tobacco
  • High blood peessure
  • High cholesterol
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes



Medline Plus Finding Information About High Blood Pressure

Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of diease or infirmity.

— World Health Organization

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High blood Pressure, Diabetes, and Stroke
High blood Pressure, Diabetes, and Stroke | Source

Eating Healthy

Eating healthy and changing your lifestyle can help control blood pressure. Also, routine checkups with your doctor discussing your diet and medication. Always speak with your doctor before any diet or exercie change. Listed are examples of healthy food choices for high blood pressure:

  • Almonds-Walnuts
  • Oranges
  • Berries, blueberry, black berry
  • Carrots
  • Bananas
  • Virgin Olive Oil
  • Yogurt
  • Low sodium black beans
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Oatmeal
  • Salmon-Tuna
  • Red Wine in moderation

If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you will have all the wealth you need, Even if it is not all you want.

— Elbert Hubbard

NC Dept. Of Health-Hypertension

Heart Diease and Stoke Prevention

Division For Heart Diease and Stroke Prevention

  • Promote the adoption of food service guidelines and nutrition standards
  • Promote reporting of blood pressure, clinical innovations, and team based care
  • Promote awareness of prediabetes among people at high risk for type 2 diabetes

Increase use of healthcare extenders in support of self-management of high blood pressure. Having diabetes or prediabetes puts you at increased risk for heart diease and stroke. Reducing risk factors include: choosing foods wisely, being physically active, taking medications if needed.

When I was a young girl, I lost my grandmother due to a stroke. She was a lovely person and very dear to my heart. I wish that I could turn back the hands of time and assisted her in becoming more healthy. I know that many people may have lost a love one due to a stroke and had to work through the pain. It can be a long journey to find understanding, for me I wanted to reach out to help others. That help me to handle the pain and sadness of my grandmother's passing. An to have hope for the future that, overall health will drastically improve for everyone.

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Community & Clinical Connections for Prevention & Health Branch

Hypertension
Reduce Obesity
Prevent Diabetes
Diagnose, reduce, and contol blood pressure
Increase access to farmers markets in underserved areas
Provide diabetes self-management
Prevent reoccurrence of cardiovascular events
Increase the use of parks and walking trails
Education on diabetes and stroke prevention
Promote lifestyle changes to improve overall health
Education on preventing the use of tobacco
Help people obtain health insurance in low income areas

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  • Carol McCullough profile image
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    Success In Life 3 years ago from U.S.

    Hi Joyful, learning about how to monitor and control your blood pressure can be a matter of life or death for some people, it's important to speak with a doctor for any concerns or questions about your blood pressure and hypertension. Thank you for reading and Happy New Year !

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    Joyfulcrown 3 years ago

    Thank you for writing this very important hub. It is so important to monitor your blood pressure, specially has you get older.

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