From the Doctor's Desk: The Complete Guide to Hypertension

by Natalie (SU)
With heart disease as the leading cause of death in the United States, it is essential that we find ways to reduce our risk for this illness. One thing that will help tremendously is being aware of, and maintaining, healthy blood pressure. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is one of the most common chronic illnesses in this country, and left unchecked, can not only lead to heart disease, but also circulation problems, stroke, kidney disease, and loss of vision. It is estimated that 20% of Americans have hypertension, and while it usually starts at about age 30, it often goes undetected for many years. For this reason, it is important that you understand what hypertension is, what causes it, and what you can do about it.