According to 2012 CDC statistics, approximately one third of the US population has high blood pressure, and out of those, almost half- 47%, are unaware that they have it and therefore are not being treated for it. These are staggeringly high statistics.
Heart Disease and African Americans
Although African American adults are 40 percent more likely to have high blood pressure, they are half as likely than their non-Hispanic White counterparts to have their blood pressure under control.
- In 2010, African Americans were 30 percent more likely to die from heart disease, as compared to non-Hispanic Whites.
- African American women are 1.6 times as likely as non-Hispanic White women to have high blood pressure.
Since May is Hypertension Awareness Month, we thought we’d take this opportunity to discuss the health risks caused by untreated high blood pressure, also known as high blood pressure hypertension, as well as what you can do to control the symptoms and treat high blood pressure hypertension.
High blood pressure hypertension, is an especially dangerous condition for those living with co-existing conditions such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, or those who have suffered a heart attack or stroke.
How Do I Control High Blood Pressure?
It is very important that especially those with co-existing conditions take proper measures to control their high blood pressure, much of which can be done without medication. High blood pressure is controllable primarily through lifestyle changes.
How specifically to control hypertension? Healthy life choices such as
- Eating a heart healthy diet of lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, also known as the Mediterranean Diet
- Limiting alcohol intake
- Quitting smoking
- Exercising regularly- even walking for 20 minutes a day, 3-4 times per week helps
- Controlling stress as much as possible with activities like yoga, or listening to calm music
Of course there are times when medication becomes necessary, and we can treat high blood pressure with fairly inexpensive but effective medications that will help keep your hypertension under control, especially if taken in conjunction with healthy life choices. It’s vital to get screened for high blood pressure regularly.
At AFC we are here to help screen, treat and help you control high blood pressure hypertension.