Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure, but many do not even know they have it. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is far too common. Although high blood pressure does not always display signs or symptoms, it does have consequences for your health.
The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices. This is why American Heart Month has been celebrated since 1963. This national health observance is designed to engage Americans in the battle against heart disease. This year, the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention will emphasize controlling high blood pressure for heart protection.
The only way to understand your risk for high blood pressure is to take action and talk to your provider today!