There are a lot of myths out there about high blood pressure. And because roughly 85 million adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure (about one in three), it’s time we learned a little more because what we don’t know about high blood pressure can be detrimental to our health. Here are some facts about high blood pressure everyone needs to know.
1. High blood pressure can kill you
If not managed properly, the impact of high blood pressure can be deadly. This condition can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says are two of the leading causes of death among Americans. Even a small increase in blood pressure has been linked to an increased risk of death and heart failure among some ethnicities, the American Heart Association reports. Those under the age of 60 also have an increased risk of death.