Do You Have High Blood Pressure?
One in every three adults lives with high blood pressure (also known as hypertension), but many don’t know it. Often called the silent killer because it has no symptoms, if left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, permanent disability from stroke and even death. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) hypertension is the number one killer of all people worldwide. While high blood pressure can affect anyone it’s more common in African American adults than in Caucasian or Hispanic American adults.
To help raise awareness of this silent disease, Alta Bates Summit’s Ethnic Health Institute in Oakland held free blood pressure screening events at more than 30 different locations in the East Bay. Volunteer nurses and doctors screened more than 1,000 people and found that 31 percent of those screened had pre-hypertension, 42 percent had hypertension and 27 percent had normal readings. Many of those screened didn’t know they had high blood pressure.
If you have hypertension, making a few simple lifestyle changes can help bring down your numbers. Check out “Seven Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure” for natural ways to bring your blood pressure back to healthy levels.
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