With the highly busy lives we all lead, it’s easy to ignore health problems that don’t loudly announce their presence. Hypertension is a sobering example. The Diary™ manages your blood presusre High blood pressure not only impacts one’s personal life, but it is also associated with significant economic impact, costing Americans an estimated $46 billion annually in healthcare services, medications, and missed days of work.
The physical impact from uncontrolled hypertension ranges from artery damage, heart attack, and stroke, to brain and kidney damage, vision loss, nerve damage, and sexual dysfunction. If that weren’t enough, it can also contribute to bone loss and osteoporosis, obstructive sleep apnea, and sleep deprivation—which may further elevate blood pressure. The Mayo Clinic provides details.
And, it could be worse. “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research reveals high blood pressure was a primary or contributing cause of death for more than 360,000 Americans in 2013 – that’s nearly 1,000 deaths each day,” said Dr. Janet Wright, executive director of Million Hearts.
But hypertension may not kill you — consider the difficulties you and your loved ones might face in living with the aftermath of a survived stroke. The American Stroke Association attests that while every stroke is different, some type of disability or physical limitation is common. So clearly, even though we’re all busy, and even though our blood pressure numbers don’t cry out for daily attention, we would be wise to keep track.
What can you do right now to keep your blood pressure numbers in a healthy range, or manage your diagnosed hypertension? See your doctor, take regular blood pressure readings, stick with your prescribed diet and medication, and follow an exercise plan. The American Heart Association has recommendations for getting motivated and staying active.
Remember, you can track your blood pressure numbers, medications prescribed and taken, and your lifestyle improvements, all within your Diary App. Get started today—every small change adds up to a big difference. Additional Resources:
About Physical Activity and Blood Pressure, The American Heart Association
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Blood Pressure Frequently Asked Questions