In This Chapter
Understanding high blood pressure and its relationship to other diseases
Linking high blood pressure to lifestyle and genetic issues
Lowering blood pressure with lifestyle modifications
Partnering with your physician to combat high blood pressure
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is quite common in the United States. About one-third of the adult population — more than 67 million people — suffer from high blood pressure. Furthermore, as you grow older, you’re more likely to have high blood pressure. At some point, almost everyone will develop high blood pressure. But don’t despair. You fortunately can take great strides to prevent high blood pressure in the first place. If you have hypertension, you can control it working in partnership with your physician. By preventing or controlling high blood pressure, you can lower your risk of heart disease, kidney failure, stroke, and many other serious conditions associated with the damage it causes to your arteries and organs. An added bonus: You’ll benefit from enhanced physical ...