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High blood pressure is a neglected disease

A new report has been released showing that while most Americans know that high blood pressure is not good for you, this has not led to a drop in the number of people who have hypertension.

In other words, in this case, awareness has not led better outcomes.

The study put a cost of $73.4 billion, in 2009, on the American health system due to high blood pressure. That would buy a lot of copies of our My Blood Pressure software :-)

The report puts the blame on the usual suspects; being overweight, too little exercise, bad diet, too much salt.

As well as the usual suspects, the report also mentions that 86% of the people who have uncontrolled hypertension do visit their doctor, but it appears that their doctors are not following the treatment guidelines for hypertension. It was recommended that more research should be done to figure out why doctors are ignoring the guidelines.

According to the study: “Nearly one-third of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, and it accounts for about one in six adult deaths annually, a 25 percent increase from 1995 to 2005″.

If you need a reminder of why, have a look at the animated video below:

For more information see the press release.

Do you feel that your doctor correctly follows the treatment guidelines for your hypertension situation?

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2 Responses to “High blood pressure is a neglected disease”

  1. Steve says:

    Hi Kellie,

    Looking back 10 years ago or so, I think my Dr. then was too willing to write off my high BP readings as just being the white coat effect.

    As I have written elsewhere, it turns out my blood pressure was actually high, not just temporarily high in the doctor’s office.

    The cost of blood pressure mentioned in the report surprised me at how big it was!

  2. Good information, thanks. Blood pressure and hypertensions have been interests of mine for a long time, and I think that a solid, holistic approach is overall the most promising. You have to eat healthy, exercise, and regularly watch your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and then things should be not too hard.

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