TOTAL DIRECT COSTS FOR HYPERTENSION COULD REACH $220.9 BILLION BY 2035

A newly released research report by the American Heart Association this year, projected that by the year 2035, total direct costs for High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) could reach an estimate of $220.9 billion.

Last year it was stated from their previous report projection that by 2030, about 41.4 percent of US adults will have hypertension, an increase of 8.4 percent from their estimate in 2012.

This year’s report stated that about 45.6 percent of US adults have hypertension, based on the 2017 ACC/AHA Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults

Still on the latest report, death rates attributable to High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) increased by 10.5%, and the actual number of deaths attributable to High Blood Pressure rose by 37.5% from 2005 to 2015.

High blood pressure or hypertension is a long-term medical condition wherein the pressure of the blood being pumped through the person’s arteries is higher than it should be. It is commonly called, a “silent killer”, because most people with high blood pressure don’t have any signs and symptoms even though blood pressure readings reach dangerously high levels.

Common risk factors are obesity, age, race, family history, smoking, drugs, too little potassium in the diet, too much salt consumption, too little Vitamin D, drinking too much alcohol, stress & anxiety and certain chronic conditions such as kidney disease, diabetes, and sleep apnea.

When blood pressure is extremely getting high, you could experience the following symptoms:

·         Chest pains

·         Severe headache

·         Difficulty in breathing

·         Irregular heartbeat

·         Fatigue or confusion

·         Vision problems

·         Pounding in the chest, neck, or ears

·         Blood in the urine

Hypertension can lead to heart disease, stroke, eye problems, and kidney failure if left untreated.

To keep you on track with your health numbers, here is the chart for blood pressure levels to keep you an eye on:

 

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It Matters To Know About Ones Health Numbers When Talking About “High Cholesterol”

Cholesterol is a fatty substance known as a “lipid” that is an important substance to aid the normal function of the body. It is produced by the liver but it can also be found in foods. This substance is also used to make bile that the body needs to digest foods and synthesis of different hormones. Because, it is in every cell, the liver makes all the cholesterol a person needs and then circulates it through the blood. It cannot dissolve in the blood, therefore, particles known as lipoproteins help transport it from the liver to the cells through the bloodstream.

Heart Disease Accounts For 1 In 7 Deaths In The US

With February’s American Heart Month Celebration, we should all be reminded, the alarming facts regarding heart disease and its overall impact in our general health.

Heart disease (including Coronary Heart Disease, Hypertension, and Stroke) remains to be the No. 1 cause of death of both men and women, accounting for 1 in 7 deaths in the United States, killing over 360,000 people a year.

American Mortality Improvement Rate Slowed Due To Rise In Obesity

Obesity is a present-day health problem due to numerous factors, like genetics, the food that we eat, lack of exercise or the kind of lifestyle we are into. It happens when a person eats more calories than what he/she used to, then it dramatically builds up too much fat in his/her body. The condition could increase risks of cancer, diabetes, arthritis, stroke, and cardiovascular diseases.

Studies show that there has been a decrease in the rate of improvement in American mortality during the last three decades. According to a recent study, the upsurge in obesity is to be blamed.

Diabetes Affects More Than 100 Million Americans – Young And Old, A Recent Report States

The National Diabetes Statistics Report 2017, a periodic publication of the Centers
For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
, has released numerous shocking data.

In their updated statistics, there are 30.3 million people of all ages (9.4% of the US population), including 23.1 million people who are diagnosed and 7.2 million people (23.8%) undiagnosed.

Percentage of adults with diabetes increased with age, reaching the peak of 25.2% among those aged 65 years or older.

Aggressive, widespread flu strain is hitting Michigan schools, seniors hardest

Aggressive, widespread flu strain is hitting Michigan schools, seniors hardest

Influenza cases have risen sharply across southeast Michigan, as a particularly aggressive strain of the influenza virus takes a toll on schools, nursing homes and health care facilities. 

According to a report by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Weekly released Monday, influenza activity in the state is considered widespread with "535 positive influenza-related hospitalizations (30 pediatric and 505 adults)" since Oct. 1.