What is blood pressure?
Blood pressure is the blood flow deliver against your blood vessels as it circulates and delivers nutrients and oxygen throughout your body.
When your blood pressure is high it means there is too much pressure in your blood vessel. Anyone can develop high blood pressure, but it becomes more common as you get older. There are also multiple other factors that makes you more likely to develop high blood pressure, such as gender, ethnicity, genes and maybe most important a person’s overall health situation.
Why we should prevent hypertension
If your do not take action when suffering from prehypertension, your blood pressure is likely to keep increasing, and you may be suffering from Hypertension. Hypertension – the medical term for high blood pressure, is one of the most important preventable contributions for deadly diseases and is often referred to as “the silent killer”.
More than 360 000 American deaths in 2013 included high blood pressure as a primary or contributing cause. – This is almost 1 000 deaths each day.
High blood pressure in itself is not dangerous. However, it poses some serious health risks:
- Heart attack: 7 of every 10 people having their first heart attack have hypertension.
- 8 of every 10 people having their first stroke have hypertension.
- 7 of every 10 people with chronic (long lasting) heart failure have high blood pressure.
- Other significant risk factors from hypertension are dementia, kidney (renal) disease, eye problems (retinopathy) and erectile dysfunction.