This is a guest post by My Therapy who together with Blood Pressure UK have created an infographic which brings together the key statistics and information about hypertension to increase awareness of the serious consequences of untreated high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is often considered to be a men’s health problem, but that’s a myth. Women are equally as likely to have high blood pressure, or hypertension as men, and in fact become more likely to develop hypertension than men after they’ve reached the age of 65. Even if you’ve had normal blood pressure most of your life, your chances of developing hypertension increase considerably after menopause.
Blood pressure is the force or pressure of blood pushing against the side of blood vessels, and is measured with two numbers. The first number is your systolic blood pressure, it is the highest level your heart pressure reaches when your heart beats, and the second number is your diastolic blood pressure, the lowest level your blood pressure reaches between heart beats. Persistently high blood pressure (140/90mmHg and above) can damage the blood vessels and increase risk of blood clots.
While the cause of hypertension is unclear, there are certain risk factors: having a family history of high blood pressure, being overweight, or having a diet high in salt and with a lack of enough fresh fruit and vegetables. Untreated hypertension can lead to increases in the chances of several serious diseases such as heart disease, kidney disease, and vascular dementia, in addition to potentially lethal heart attacks and strokes. The best way to prevent hypertension is to see your doctor regularly to have your blood pressure monitored. Thankfully, there are ways to treat hypertension, and a healthy lifestyle can have a preventative effect.
This infographic, created by My Therapy is available free on Google Play and the AppStore. We hope that this image will stress the importance of getting your blood pressure checked routinely as well as maintaining healthy eating and exercising habits.