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Why Hypertension Matters

Why Hypertension Matters

Hypertension is a factor in a number of the most common conditions people develop as they get older. Thus, certain prevention measures can reduce the chances of a person developing these life-threatening or life-altering conditions. For examples of the profound medical and economic impact of this disease, think about the following facts:
 
  • Hypertension is a factor in 67 percent of heart attacks in the United States
 
  • This condition is a factor in 77 percent of strokes, which is the third leading cause of death in the United States
 
 
  • Hypertension is the second leading cause of chronic kidney failure in the United States -- responsible for 26 percent of all cases
 
  • The disease affects circulation -- creating a higher risk for mental deterioration and Alzheimer's
 
  • Hypertension causes more visits to doctors than any other condition -- just a 10 percent decline in the number of visits would save $478 million each year
 
  • This condition and its complications cost the U.S. economy more than $100 billion each year.
     

Closing Thoughts on Hypertension

Many people do not experience any symptoms of hypertension or related discomfort, so they find it easy to ignore their condition. However, this significantly increases the chances of having kidney disease, a heart attack, a stroke, or other heart and blood vessel problems. Getting this condition under control may add years to a person's life.
 
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