igh blood pressure affects almost all of us as we age. But our habits and genetics can make it come at a younger age and cause more serious problems. African-Americans have a higher risk of high blood pressure, and suffer more of the complications.
Why you should care:
Without treatment, high blood pressure can lead to:
➡️ Heart attack: Damaged arteries stop blood from reaching the heart.
➡️ Stroke: Blocked or burst blood vessels don’t bring blood and oxygen to the brain.
➡️ Heart failure: The heart can’t pump enough blood through the body.
➡️ Kidney disease: Damaged arteries around the kidneys make it hard for them to clean the blood.
➡️ Vision loss: Damaged blood vessels keep the eyes from working properly.
➡️ Sexual problems: Damaged blood vessels can cause erectile dysfunction and low sex drive.
➡️ Peripheral artery disease (PAD): Narrowed arteries in the legs, arms, stomach, and head cause pain and fatigue.
In the US, high blood pressure contributes to almost 1,900 deaths every single day.
➡️ In fact, in the US alone ...
7 in 10 people who have their 1st HEART ATTACK ...
8 in 10 people who have their 1st STROKE ...
7 in 10 people with CHRONIC HEART FAILURE ...
... also have HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, according to the CDC. ⬅️
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