How Much Do You Know About High Blood Pressure?

The CDC recently wrote a report on little known facts regarding blood pressure, we thought we'd pass some of the information along as there are some very important facts, if you have any concerns call your doctor! 

  1. Recent studies show that high blood pressure may be linked to dementia. These studies have found evidence that suggests that having uncontrolled high blood pressure during midlife, ages 45 to 65, creates a higher risk for dementia later in life. 

  2. High blood pressure does not only occur in older adults, roughly one in four men and one in five women ages 35 to 44 has high blood pressure.  

  3. High blood pressure, also known as the "silent killer," often times has absolutely no symptoms. Talk to your doctor about your risks for high blood pressure!  

  4. About 11 million adults in the United States have high blood pressure and aren't even aware of it. Next time you go to the doctor, ask them what your numbers are and what they mean, stick to any treatment plan and follow your provider's advice.  

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is educating people on the importance of controlling high blood pressure in midlife with the campaign Mind Your Risks.  

Instances of stroke are on the rise in younger people as a direct result of rising obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes rates – all of which are preventable conditions. Younger people should get their blood pressure checked yearly.   

Simple ways to help keep your blood pressure in the healthy range include eating a healthy and balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, physical activity, not smoking, and limiting alcohol.