Posted on Feb 02, 2019, 11 p.m.
An annual statistical update estimates that close to half of all American adults have some form of heart or blood vessel disease, a medical milestone due mostly to recent guidelines that expanded how many people have high blood pressure.
Prior to the changes to the guideline in 2016 some 121 million adults had cardiovascular disease, taking out those with only high blood pressure still leaves 24 million, or roughly 9% of adults who have forms of disease such as clogged arteries and heart failure, according to the American Heart Association.
Before the new guidelines high blood pressure was defined as a top read of at least 140 or a bottom of 90, which has been adjusted to 130 over and 80 under by the guidelines adopted in 2017, that has raised the risk for heart attacks, strokes, and many other problems; only about half with the condition have it under control.
Being diagnosed with high blood pressure may not mean that medication is required right away, the first step is aiming toward moving to a healthier lifestyle even when medication is prescribed. Poor diets, lack of exercise, sedentary lifestyles, and other bad habits cause 90% of high blood pressure cases.
The Heart Association, The National Institute of Health and others annual report suggests that heart and blood vessel disease is linked to 1 in 3 deaths in the USA, and kills more Americans than all forms of cancer and respiratory disease combined. 43% of cardiovascular deaths within the USA were caused by coronary heart disease, clogged, and hardened arteries, which is followed by stroke at 17%, high blood pressure at 10%, and heart failure at 9%.
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