Jefferson Comprehensive joins the Center for Disease Control and health organizations nationwide in the month of May  to increase the awareness of High Blood Pressure. Having high blood pressure puts you at risk of heart disease and stroke which are leading causes of death in the United States. Blood pressure  is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries that carry blood from your heart to other parts of your body. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day, but it can damage your heart and cause health problems if it stays high for a long time. High blood pressure is also called hypertension.

According to the Center for Disease Control listed below are the facts as it relates to individuals in the United States:

  • About 75 million American adults (32%) have high blood pressure—that’s 1 in every 3 adults.
  • About 1 in 3 American adults has pre-hypertension—blood pressure numbers that are higher than normal—but not yet in the high blood pressure range.
  • Only about half (54%) of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control.
  • High blood pressure was a primary or contributing cause of death for more than 410,000 Americans in 2014—that’s more than 1,100 deaths each day.
  • High blood pressure costs the nation $48.6 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications to treat high blood pressure, and missed days of work.

Having certain medical conditions like Prehypertension and Diabetes inclusive of unhealthy behaviors such as  smoking tobacco, eating foods high in sodium and low in potassium , not  getting enough physical exercise, being overweight, and consuming too much alcohol can also increase your risk for high blood pressure.

High blood pressure usually has no warning signs or symptoms, so many people don’t realize they have it. There’s only one way to know whether you have high blood pressure: Have a doctor or other health professional measure it. Measuring your blood pressure is quick and painless.

At Jefferson Comprehensive Health Center, we have a highly qualified Medical Staff that are available to address your health concerns. If you are in need of medical care, make your appointment today by calling (601) 786-3475 or (601) 442-4863.