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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