Great reasons to check your blood pressure
According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, five million Canadians, or 19 per cent of the adult population, have high blood pressure and 17 per cent are unaware of their condition.
“Along with hypertension, other risks such as diabetes, smoking and high cholesterol can increase your risk of complications of atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries,” explains Dr. George Vertes, Cardiologist at The Scarborough Hospital. “If you do have hypertension, there are effective and safe medications that can lower your blood pressure and improve the risk of developing problems.
“Maintaining your blood pressure is an essential part of maintaining your well being. Diet, exercise and other healthy lifestyle choices can impact your blood pressure and should be discussed with your doctor.”
Other points to remember:
- High blood pressure is the leading risk for death in women and the second leading risk of death for men. Awareness can help you fight this illness.
- Hypertension can increase your risk of eye damage, kidney failure, sexual dysfunction, heart attack, heart failure and stroke.
- High blood pressure is dependent on your age, diet, alcohol consumption, level of exercise and stress.
If you aren’t at risk of developing hypertension, you should get your blood pressure checked once every five years anyway. If you are at risk, getting checked once every year is recommended.