Hypertension Affects Millions

Posted by administrator Friday, May 15, 2009

High blood pressure or hypertension is a silent killer that affects 600 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Yet many are unaware that they have the disease and are at risk of developing stroke, heart disease, blindness and kidney failure.

The WHO said hypertension causes 5 million premature deaths a year worldwide. Across WHO regions, research indicates that about 62 percent of strokes and 49 percent of heart attacks are caused by hypertension.

In American alone, 50 million people or one in five adults have hypertension and approximately two million people are diagnosed with the disease each year. Unfortunately, the number of people who remain undiagnosed is greater. Fifteen million people or one in 18 Americans are undiagnosed and are susceptible to hypertension's many complications.

"Most people with high blood pressure have no signs or symptoms, even if blood pressure readings reach dangerously high levels. Although a few people with early-stage high blood pressure may have dull headaches, dizzy spells or a few more nosebleeds than normal, these signs and symptoms typically don't occur until high blood pressure has reached an advanced - possibly life-threatening - stage," said the Mayo Clinic.

The risk of hypertension increases as one gets older. Other risk factors are a family history of the disease, excess weight, inactivity, tobacco use, too much sodium in the diet, excessive alcohol and stress.

"In a 2006 study, adults who worked more than 40 or 50 hours a week - particularly clerical and unskilled workers - were more likely to have high blood pressure than were those who worked 40 hours or less a week. Researchers tied the higher risk for workers with longer hours to unhealthy eating, less exercise, more stress and less sleep," said the Mayo Clinic.

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Sharon Bell is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and published author. Many of her insightful articles can be found at the premier online news magazine http://www.HealthLinesNews.com

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