High blood pressure, which is also known as hypertension, has been given the nickname of the ‘silent killer’. High blood pressure can be a fatal condition that develops gradually over a long period of time and the majority of people do not experience any signs or symptoms of the condition at all. As a consequence of its lack of signs and symptoms, high blood pressure frequently goes undiagnosed and untreated.
It was estimated that in the region of 50 million adults in the United States were suffering from high blood pressure in the early 1990’s and this figure has been climbing steadily ever since. By the turn of this century it was estimated that in the region of 65 million people were suffering from high blood pressure and today that figure is now over 72 million. In other words, approximately one in three adults in the United States today is suffering from high blood pressure.
This is what some recent studies have revealed:
30% of people who have hypertension are not aware of the fact that they have it and are therefore not receiving any treatment.
15% of the people are aware that they have hypertension but are either not getting treatment for it or do not bother to follow their recommended treatment.
25% of the people are aware that they have hypertension but they do not have their blood pressure under control.
What this means is that only about 30% of those people with hypertension are presently receiving the correct treatment and have the condition under control.
Even though it has often been said that it is not possible to tell if someone has high blood pressure there are some tell-tale signs that may indicate that you have hypertension. Some of these symptoms include headaches, blurred vision, dizziness and nausea.
High blood pressure is a major cause of death in the US today and it raises considerably the risk from a number of life threatening conditions such as heart failure, heart attack, cardiovascular disease and kidney failure.
Due to the nature of this condition it is sensible to keep an eye on things by checking your blood pressure at regular intervals and this can be done by visiting your doctor and asking for a blood pressure check. However, this is not always convenient and so a better option is to simply check your own pressure at home. There are a number of blood pressure monitors available today for use at home and these are both quick and simple to use and are also reasonably inexpensive.
Having your own blood pressure monitor means that you can keep an eye on blood pressure for the whole family and will give you considerable peace of mind and allow you to pick up any developing problems at a stage at which they can be easily treated