Hypertension : A Diseased That Effect The American People On Everyday Bases

794 Words Jan 8th, 2016 4 Pages
Hypertension is a diseased that effect the American people on an everyday bases. Either by knowing someone who has the disease or having it yourself. It is considered a silent killer. Statistic say that 70 million people in the United States have hypertension and only about 52% of them have it under control (High blood pressure, 2015). Hypertension is a disease where the patient has high blood pressure on an everyday basis. There are five levels of blood pressure readings. Systolic blood pressure is a reading of how forceful the heart is pumping. A systolic pressure of under 120 or is considered normal. A systolic pressure of 120-140 is considered prehypertension. The last three are actually considered hypertension by most medical professionals. 140-160 is stage one hypertension (Lindh, 2014). 160 or higher is stage two and the last is 180 and higher is hypertension crisis (Lindh, 2014). Where the patient can end up having a heart attack or stroke. Or the diastolic pressure is high which, is the pressure in the arteries when the heart is at rest. A normal reading of diastolic pressure is less than 80. The reading for prehypertension would be 80-90. Stage one would read 90-100 (Lindh, 2014). The reading for stage 2 would be 100 or above (Lindh, 2014). And the reading for a hypertension crisis would be over 110 (Lindh, 2014). There are 5 different forms of hypertension. Primary hypertension is the form that most of the American people that have hypertension have. There is…

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