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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, congestive heart failure, and cerebral and peripheral 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 two years ago 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 in 2012, the percentage of Albany Med patients diagnosed with hypertension who were able to lower their blood pressure through treatment rose to 90 percent in 2014 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.
Dr. Arif Asif discusses hypertension and Albany Med's coordinated team approach to treating high blood pressure.