What Is Your Target Blood Pressure?
Most Adults Don't Know
than 70 percent of those diagnosed with high blood pressure do not know
their target blood pressure numbers, according to results from the
annual Consumer Health Sciences National Health and Wellness Survey
Health Sciences (CHS) says high blood pressure, also known as
hypertension, is one of the major risk factors of heart disease, which
leads to heart attack and stroke; however, those who suffer form the
condition can control it through proper monitoring, CHS noted.
says blood pressure of less than 140/90 is considered a normal reading
for adults The higher/first number (systolic) represents the pressure
while the heart is beating; the lower/second number (diastolic)
represents the pressure when the heart is resting between beats, CHS
explained. Blood pressure greater than 140/90 is considered elevated
and requires treatment, CHS added.
is a silent disease," said Joan Sinopoli, CHS president. "It's
difficult for patients to stay on the medication they need when they
aren't ‘feeling bad'. But the fact that most diagnosed
sufferers aren't even paying attention to their target numbers is
shocking. Patients just aren't getting the message that this is a
CHS survey, which recorded results from more than 22,000 adults in the
United States, revealed that when it comes to "heart health," consumers
are not taking control of their disease. The NHWS also noted these
facts about hypertension:
the U.S., more than 25 percent of adults are diagnosed with
the stereotypical sufferer of hypertension is an older male, women are
just as likely to suffer from hypertension as men, and nearly 20
percent of those diagnosed are between the ages of 31 to 44.
cholesterol, which is another leading risk factor for heart disease,
has the same type of statistics as hypertension: 71 percent of people
diagnosed with high cholesterol are unaware of their target cholesterol
of the apparent lack of awareness regarding heart health, CHS said
there is a strong need for educational campaigns that are directed
toward consumers and the physicians who treat them; the campaigns
should highlight the health risks, such as heart attack and stroke,
that can result if hypertension is not treated, CHS added.
Address: Consumer Health Sciences, 165 Wall St., Princeton, NJ 08540;
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