May 17th is World Hypertension Day

What Is Hypertension? Hypertension is known as the “silent killer”. An estimated ⅓ of US adults don’t even know they have it! Blood vessels harden and narrow as part of lifestyle choices as well as a natural part of aging. As people age, their blood vessels may become less elastic, leading to higher blood pressures. The reason we care about this is because high blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, strokes, dementia, heart failure, kidney failure, loss of vision and nerve damage. Hypertension hospitalization costs in the US have tripled to 15.1% of all hospitalizations in 2003-2006, at a [...]