High Blood Pressure (PDF Format)

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High blood pressure or hypertension is the most common of all of the cardiovascular diseases in the industrialized world. It's the leading cause of stroke and a major contributor to heart attack. In the United States alone, more than 40 million people suffer from high blood pressure, and while it's usually associated with people over the age of 65, new research reveals that high blood pressure is also putting young people at risk. What these studies are showing is that young people, who are obese, have Type 2 diabetes, engage in drug use, or have poor coping skills in dealing with stress have an increased risk for developing high blood pressure. The same research reveals that this, once considered to be a man's disease , is in fact a woman's disease as well. Statistics show that 30.3 percent of American women and 31.8 percent of American men have high blood pressure, and that between the years of 1995 to 2005, the death rate from high blood pressure increased 25.2 percent and that the actual deaths rose 56.4 percent.

Because high blood pressure usually has no symptoms until complications develop, it's known as the silent killer . So, it's important to monitor your blood pressure and watch for the warning signs usually associated with it. These warning signs include headaches, sweating, rapid pulse, and shortness of breath, dizziness, visual disturbances, and heart arrhythmia.

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