Myth: High blood pressure (hypertension) is a man’s problem.
Fact: According to the American Heart Association (AHA), nearly half of all adults with high blood pressure are women, and beginning at age 65, after the onset of menopause, women are more likely to have this condition than men. High blood pressure is a leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and in many surveys, only 8 to 46 percent of women even recognize heart disease as the leading cause of death in women. On the positive side, however, hypertensive women are more apt than hypertensive men to know they have high blood pressure, to treat it, and to control it. That’s according to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Recommendation: Medication may be necessary to control blood pressure, but I prefer addressing lifestyle issues first.
- The American Heart Association (AHA). High Blood Pressure and Women. Heart.org, accessed April 24, 2014.
- AHA. Menopause and Heart Disease. Heart.org, accessed April 24, 2014.
- US Dept. of Health and Human Services. “The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure.” Nhlbi.nih.gov, accessed April 24, 2014.
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