Stroke is one of the top five leading causes of death in the United States. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is present in the vast majority of stroke patients and in many cases, both conditions could have been prevented.
The Link Between Hypertension and Stroke
A stroke happens when the brain is deprived of blood and oxygen, which causes brain cells to die. When left untreated, high blood pressure weakens and damages the blood vessels in your brain which then causes the vessels to leak, rupture or narrow. High blood pressure can lead to a clot in your arteries which can result in a stroke.
How You Can Lower Hypertension and Risk of Stroke
The first step to lowering your risk of high blood pressure and stroke is to visit your medical provider for a routine checkup to find out if you are already experiencing high blood pressure. Visible signs and symptoms of hypertension often occur long after high blood pressure happens. The best way to know if you have hypertension is through testing from your medical provider. In many cases, people with hypertension can lower their blood pressure through healthy lifestyle changes including proper diet and exercise. Medication to lower blood pressure is available for those who need a bit more help decreasing hypertension.
High blood pressure can occur in young adults as quickly as it occurs in middle age and older adults. A yearly checkup and proper treatment can lower your risk of high blood pressure, stroke and other conditions associated with high blood pressure. Schedule your 2019 wellness exam with EliteCare today by clicking here.