Five surprising facts about high blood pressure

High blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. To reduce the risk, your blood pressure should be checked regularly and if it is high, it should be controlled.

On World Hypertension Day, here are five surprising facts about high blood pressure revealed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

High blood pressure may be linked to dementia

Recent studies show that high blood pressure is linked to a higher risk of dementia, a loss of cognitive function. Evidence suggests that having uncontrolled high blood pressure in middle age (between 44 and 66) creates a higher risk of dementia later in life. So it’s never too early to start thinking about your blood pressure and taking steps to control it.

Young people can also suffer from high blood pressure.

High blood pressure doesn’t just affect older people. Nearly one in four adults between the ages of 20 and 44 suffer from high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of stroke, a disease on the rise in young people. Experts believe the increased risk of stroke in this age group is a direct result of rising rates of obesity, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes – conditions that can be both prevented and processed.

High blood pressure usually has no symptoms

High blood pressure is sometimes called the “silent killer”. Most people with high blood pressure have no symptoms. Since many people feel fine, they feel that their blood pressure does not need to be checked.

Even if you feel well, your health could be in danger. Talk to your doctor about the risk of high blood pressure.

Mmany people with high blood pressure don’t know it

High blood pressure often goes undiagnosed. Ask your doctor to measure your blood pressure and check if it is too high.

Women face unique risks from high blood pressure

Women with high blood pressure who get pregnant are more likely to have pregnancy complications than those who have normal blood pressure. High blood pressure during pregnancy can damage the kidneys and other organs of the mother, lead to premature births and contribute to low birth weight babies.

Certain contraceptives can also increase a woman’s risk of high blood pressure. Women with high blood pressure who want to become pregnant should work with their doctor to lower their blood pressure before becoming pregnant.

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