Is Your Blood Pressure in Check?
Only half of all Americans with high blood pressure have it under control
You probably know that heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in America. And you may know that having high blood pressure puts you at increased risk for a heart attack or stroke. But do you know your blood pressure? And if it’s high, is it under control?
One in three adults have high blood pressure, causing approximately 1,000 deaths a day. And out of the 67 million adults with high blood pressure, only half have the condition under control.
An additional one in three adults have prehypertension, and many of them don’t know it.
Check out the infographic below from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And then take action. There are plenty of steps you can take now to bring your numbers down, from getting more exercise to consuming less sodium to adding more fruits, vegetables, potassium and whole grains to your diet. Research shows altering your diet can lower your blood pressure in just 14 days.
Of course, it’s also imperative to stop smoking.
If these lifestyle changes can’t bring your blood pressure into a safe range, don’t give up on them. You may need to go on medication, but it’s possible you’ll need less — and your heart and the rest of your body will still benefit from your efforts.