A Brief Note On The Silent Killer And Hypertension Essay

1513 Words Jan 26th, 2016 7 Pages
Refusing To Go Silently With each area come issues exclusive to the area’s residents, Arkansas’ being hypertension. Although many Arkansans do not view hypertension as a major issue, the risks can be deadly. Affecting one in three adults in the United States, hypertension, often called the “silent killer” because it can go unnoticed for years until a deadly stroke or heart attack ensues, stands as a common problem for Americans, Arkansans especially. An additional 25% of adults possess blood pressure readings that are deemed pre-hypertensive, putting them at jeopardy for hypertension. Hypertension can arise at any age, and the risk of developing hypertension increases as one continues to age. Hypertension is divided into two stages: essential, or primary, hypertension and secondary hypertension. Of the two, essential hypertension effects 90% of people diagnosed with hypertension. Essential hypertension is due to an unidentified cause, which may be the outcome of a combination of deficient lifestyle decisions and genetics. Influential lifestyle factors include tobacco use, obesity, stress, physical inactivity, and a diet high in sodium and low in fruits and vegetables. If untreated, hypertension can cause gradual damage to blood vessels, leading to health complications such as strokes, heart attacks, impaired vision, or heart failure (Bellows and Moore). Solutions to hypertension include but are not limited to maximizing the use of electronic medical records and…

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