World Health Day is observed on April 7th
According to the American Heart Association, one out of every three adults (33%) suffers with elevated blood pressure, is at constant risk of heart trouble. 69% of people who have a first heart attack, 77% of people who have a first stroke, and 74% of people with chronic heart failure have high blood pressure. High blood pressure is also a major risk factor for kidney disease. High blood pressure is no longer just an affliction of the elderly, as more than one-third of young people between the ages of 16 and 34 are now said to suffer from some form of hypertension.
Even if you are middle aged and enjoy normal BP, you still have a 90% lifetime risk of developing hypertension. People with a systolic BP of 120 to 139 mm HG or a diastolic BP of 80 to 89 mm HG are considered borderline hypertensive and require immediate changes in diet and lifestyle.