The last century has seen a rise in hypertension, with almost one-third of Americans having elevated blood pressure. While not all require medication and diet to keep it in check, overall care has improved, as have death rates from hypertension and related diseases. But those patients treated for hypertension are still facing higher mortality rates than their healthier counterparts.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, heart and kidney failure or even death, claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 Americans every year. Blood pressure is the force created by blood pushing against the walls of arteries. When the pressure is too forceful, it creates high blood pressure, known as hypertension, which may add potential risk of damage to the heart, arteries, and other organs. Many people suffer from hypertension without knowing it because it has no symptoms. Hypertension is more common in men than women, in blacks than whites and in people over the age of 65.