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High Blood Pressure: A Problem in California and Worldwide

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World Health Day is held April 7 each year to highlight health concerns both here and around the world. The theme for World Health Day 2013 is High Blood Pressure. Broadway Medical wants you to be aware of this common problem in the U.S. and around the world that leads to many other health related issues.

Keeping tabs on your blood pressure can help prevent hypertension and the accompanying side effects. Keeping tabs on your blood pressure can help prevent hypertension and the accompanying side effects.

How much do you know about high blood pressure?

  • High blood pressure is also known as hypertension.

  • Having this disease increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure in both men and women.

  • High blood pressure can also cause blindness, irregular heartbeat and heart failure if it is not properly diagnosed and treated.

  • The risks of complications increase if there are other factors, such as diabetes, present.

How common is high blood pressure? One in three adults worldwide has high blood pressure. The statistics of high blood pressure increases with age, from 1 in 10 people in their 20s and 30s to a staggering 5 in 10 people in their 50s.

The good news about high blood pressure is that it’s both preventable and treatable. Education about sodium and other causes is the key to making these positive changes. The risk of developing high blood pressure can be reduced by:

  • Reducing salt intake

  • Eating a balanced diet

  • Avoiding harmful use of alcohol

  • Regular physical activity/exercise

  • Maintaining a healthy body weight

  • Avoiding tobacco use (all kinds)

Broadway Medical has many options for people dealing with high blood pressure. See our online catalog or visit our store for blood pressure monitors and other products to manage your health. We love having you as a customer and want to have you around as long as possible!

Lean more about World Health Day at www.who.int , Source World Health Organization