One Test Your Parent Doesn’t Want To Miss
When your parents get to a certain age, especially if there is a history of cardiovascular problems in your family, hypertension should be high up on your list of worries. Hypertension is defined as blood pressure greater than 140/90 mmHg and affects over two thirds of adults over 75.
Those who suffer from hypertension can be treated, often successfully. In a study on 700 octogenarians, blood pressure lowering medications effectively reduced the risk for strokes and heart failure by 35%. They also reduced the risk of other cardiovascular events by 20%.
High blood pressure often manifests itself over a long period time with no symptoms, slowly damaging the heart, brain, and blood vessels, eventually leading to strokes or heart attacks. Because of this, it has become a major risk and should be treated as such. Make sure that your parents get checked next time they go to the doctor.
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