The World Health Organization was founded in 1948 to address health issues all over the world. The goal of the World Health Organization is greater awareness, healthy behaviors, improved detection, and enabling environments.
Their focus for 2013 is High Blood Pressure. High blood pressure is a common problem in the U.S. and around the world that leads to many other health related issues. Medical Department Store wants you to be informed about this all-too-common problem.
How common is high blood pressure? One in three adults worldwide has high blood pressure. The statistics of high blood pressure increases with age, from 1 in 10 people in their 20s and 30s to a staggering 5 in 10 people in their 50s in the United States.
The good news about high blood pressure is that it’s both preventable and treatable. Education about sodium and other causes is the key to making these positive changes. The risk of developing high blood pressure can be reduced by:
- Reducing salt intake
- Eating a balanced diet
- Avoiding harmful use of alcohol
- Regular physical activity/exercise
- Maintaining a healthy body weight
- Avoiding tobacco use (all kinds)
- How much do you know about this potentially deadly condition?
So, why should we be concerned about high blood pressure? High blood pressure, or hypertension, increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure in both men and women.
High blood pressure can also cause blindness, irregularities of the heartbeat and heart failure if it is not properly diagnosed and treated. Untreated sleep apnea can also cause a rise in blood pressure.
In the current vernacular, yes, high blood pressure “is kind of a big deal.”
Medical Department Store has many options for people dealing with high blood pressure. See our online catalog or store for blood pressure cuffs, scales, CPAP and BiPAP machines, and other equipment maintain your health.
We encourage you to take control of you blood pressure. There are a lot of people who want you around. Learn more about World Health Day at www.who.int .
Source: World Health OrganizationTags: blood pressure, blood pressure cuff, high blood pressure, hypertension, sphygmomanometer