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Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, is a serious medical condition that can lead to numerous health complications. Unfortunately, many people are unaware they have high blood pressure until they suddenly experience a medical emergency. Hypertension Awareness Month aims to change this by educating people about the dangers of hypertension and encouraging them to get regular blood pressure checkups.

One of the most significant misconceptions about hypertension is that it only affects older adults. But, hypertension can also affect young people. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, young adults are showing increasingly higher levels of hypertension. (Source) This trend is alarming.

Hypertension is often referred to as the “silent killer” because it typically has no symptoms until it reaches a critical stage. This means that many people are unaware that they have high blood pressure and are at risk of developing serious health complications. Some of the most common complications of hypertension include heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and vision loss.

Hypertension impacts all people, regardless of age, gender, race, or ethnicity. However, certain populations may be at a higher risk of developing hypertension. Lifestyle factors such as poor diet, lack of exercise, and stress can also increase the risk of hypertension.

The good news is that hypertension is preventable and treatable. Try eating a healthy diet, engaging in regular exercise, managing stress, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. If you already have high blood pressure, medication and other treatments can help keep it under control and reduce the risk of complications.

Make an appointment today with your healthcare provider here at Horizon Family Medical Group and make sure your blood pressure levels are in a healthy range. If you have questions or concerns, we can help.

Together, we can work to prevent hypertension and reduce its impact on our health and well-being.