Blood Pressure Management

A Silent but Significant Risk

High blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension, is often considered a silent killer. That’s because high blood pressure typically has no symptoms but poses a significant risk for heart disease and stroke. Based on updates in 2017 to blood pressure guidelines by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure. Further, an estimated 50 million women have hypertension in the US with rates expected to double among women under age 45.

Women in particular are at risk for developing high blood pressure. In fact, being just 20 pounds or more overweight, having a family history or having reached menopause is known to increase a woman’s risk. Hypertension is manageable and knowing your numbers is the first step. Ensuring more women are aware of hypertension, risks and risk-reduction, and have access to evidence-based tools to Check. Change. And Control. blood pressure will be critical in reducing the burden of high blood pressure on women.
Hypertension is manageable and knowing your numbers is the first step.

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High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (also referred to as HBP, or hypertension) is when your blood pressure, the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels, is consistently too high. Get the facts about HBP, learn about the different types of hypertension, and find out how you can manage this condition:

Stroke

High blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke and the most significant controllable risk factor for stroke. Many scientists attribute our current decline in stroke-related deaths to the successful treatment of high blood pressure. Read on to learn more about the relationship between HBP and stroke.