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High Blood Pressure
(NC)-Despite not being able to feel high blood pressure, the impact it can have on overall health is difficult to ignore. While high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, affects more than 21 per cent of Canadian women aged 45 to 64, and nearly 48 per cent of women over 65 years of age, a new survey reveals that many women are unaware of the effects high blood pressure can have on overall health - especially when it comes to the increased risk for kidney failure and possible loss of vision.
A national survey of 2,000 women revealed that 90 per cent of Canadian women aged 40-plus suffering from hypertension know that they are at risk for heart disease, but at least six in 10 fail to make the connection between having high blood pressure and other non-heart related problems. In fact, more than six in 10 (64 per cent) women surveyed are unaware of the link between high blood pressure and kidney failure, and nearly eight in 10 (78 per cent) fail to realize a connection between hypertension and loss of vision.
"High blood pressure is a risk factor for a wide range of health problems," says Dr. Norm Campbell, president, Blood Pressure Canada. "High blood pressure can have a significant impact on cardiovascular well-being. High blood pressure, along with high cholesterol, are two major modifiable risk factors for heart disease and stroke. The unfortunate reality is that women are more likely than men to die of a heart attack or stroke."
Despite this, blood pressure is not top-of-mind for Canadian women. According to the survey, more than half (52 per cent) of Canadian women are unaware that high blood pressure is the leading risk factor for death in North America.
"This cross-country survey reinforces the need for Canadian women to start taking heart disease personally, and become aware of the different approaches that are available to help reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease," says Dr. Sheldon W. Tobe, Chair of the Recommendations Task force for the Canadian Hypertension Education Program. "The good news is it is never too late for women to take action to prevent or manage high blood pressure and reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease."
Many people can control their risk factors for heart disease by modifying their diet and exercise regimens; however, for some medication may be required. Numerous treatments are available, including combination therapies, to treat high blood pressure and cholesterol. With proper diagnosis and management of high blood pressure and cholesterol, heart attacks and strokes can be prevented and the risk of additional health complications can be reduced.
Women need to start taking heart disease seriously and learn more about their personal risk for developing this condition.
For more information on treatment options and prevention tips for cardiovascular disease, talk to your physician.
- News Canada