High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a disease that affects millions all over the world.
According to Medical News Today, the number of people living with hypertension is predicted to be 1.56 billion worldwide by the year 2025.
There are several reasons pointed as the triggers of the high blood pressure increased incidence in Europe and in the United States. The contemporary lifestyle choices related to lack of physical activity, increased salt consumption, alcohol and tobacco consumption are pointed as some reasons. Because this is a silent disease with no visible or painful symptoms, alarming numbers of people suffering from it. In order to first treat high blood pressure, patients are advised to make lifestyle changes such as salt restriction and other diet changes.
Those who suffer from hypertension are those who are more likely to suffer from other complications which can be very serious and sometimes fatal, like heart failure, aneurysm, blood vessel narrowing (for example, leading to kidney failure or heart attack).
It is important to keep track of blood pressure specially when people start ageing, as this condition tends to affect more and more people, as they get old.
It is very easy to do it at home or at the pharmacy. Hypertension can be diagnosed after a doctor has measured the patient several times and high values are most of times present. Keeping track of your health condition is important to prevent future diseases, and the best way to do it is to maintain an active lifestyle associated with regular health check-ups. A balanced diet is also very important, and reducing the salt intake is key to lower blood pressure. If you would like to know more about reducing the consumption of salt please read our previous blog post here.