High blood pressure is one of the most common chronic diseases in our society. The number of patients diagnosed with high blood pressure or hypertension is increasing.
According the statistics about 70 million Americans (29% of the U.S population) and 40% of global population have high blood pressure.
Do you have hypertension?
In my practice I meet a lot of people who aren’t aware of their blood pressure status and they don’t know why lowering blood pressure is important.
Many know that high blood pressure is bad but unaware of the benefits of lowering their blood pressure.
I strongly believe that adherence to hypertension treatment and monitoring the blood pressure would be better if we knew of the benefits of lowering blood pressure.
It is a simple process, high blood pressure can be harmful to our body by damaging it continuously and therefore reducing blood pressure will result in minimizing the damage and hopefully saving the lives of the people who would otherwise die from it.
According to studies, lowering blood pressure can reduce the rate of stroke by about 35-40% , the rate of heart attacks by 20 to 25% and the rate of heart failure (weak heart muscle) by more than 50%.
Let me provide you with a few more statistics that would help in understanding the dimensions and the magnitude of this problem.
In 2013, more than 360,000 Americans died as a result of uncontrolled hypertension and its consequences. Worldwide, uncontrolled high blood pressure has been the cause of an estimated 7.5 million deaths per year.
Benefits of lowering blood pressure and kidney disease
It’s also important to mention that lowering blood pressure would reduce the chances of other chronic diseases such as chronic kidney disease or renal failure.
Sadly, in a 2011 the majority of people who participated in a nationwide survey couldn’t name uncontrolled high blood pressure as one of the major risk factor for kidney disease.
How about you? Did you know that hypertension is one of the leading causes of chronic kidney disease? If yes, I congratulate you, if no, don’t worry, now you’ve this article as a viable source.
Now that you know more about the benefits of lowering high blood pressure you should also know that uncontrolled hypertension doesn’t always result in the death of the patients. Increasingly, there is a higher number of patients who experience stroke and heart attack and survive. These changes are mostly because of better medical care and more effective medications that could improve the chances of surviving such a shocking event like a stroke or heart attack.
The sad point is that many of these heart attacks or strokes could be prevented if the individuals would take these issues more seriously. It is similar to being drunk and driving a car with the hope of getting home safely. This strategy might work a couple of times but this wouldn’t be a sound strategy that somebody could rely on and it would be irresponsible toward one’s own life, loved ones and their community.
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