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What is Hypertension?
Hypertension is a medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries of the heart is persistently elevated. Hypertension, also referred to as high blood pressure (HBP), affects more than 76 million U.S. adults and is the number one cause of stroke.
Why is Hypertension a “Silent Killer”?
HBP can lead to serious health problems. Uncontrolled HBP is referred to as “the silent killer” because HBP has no symptoms.
If HBP is left untreated, it can lead to heart and coronary artery damage – including, strokes, heart attack, heart disease, congestive heart failure, and artery disease. It can also cause kidney damage, vision loss, erectile dysfunction, memory loss, among other health consequences.
What is Albany Med Doing for Hypertension?
An initiative developed last year by Albany Medical Center physicians to combat high blood pressure in the hundreds of thousands of patients they see every year has helped thousands control the potentially deadly condition. Under protocols Albany Med adopted last year, the percentage of Albany Med patients diagnosed with hypertension who were able to lower their blood pressure through treatment rose to 78 percent in 2013 from 66 percent in 2012. According to the American Heart Association, only 52 percent of Americans with hypertension nationwide have it under control. Learn more about this important initiative here.
Know Your Numbers to Keep Your Heart Healthy
A normal blood pressure reading for an individual is less than 120 mm HG Systolic (upper #) and less than 80 mm HG Diastolic (lower #), or “120 over 80.” It is written in the ratio like this: 120/80.
Did you know?
69 percent of Americans who have a first heart attack have blood pressure over 140/90
74 percent of Americans with congestive heart failure have blood pressure over 140/90
Dr. Arif Asif discusses hypertension and Albany Med's coordinated team approach to treating high blood pressure.