Four ways men can slash high blood pressure
What you don’t know can’t hurt you, right? Not necessarily, especially when it comes to high blood pressure (hypertension). This often asymptomatic condition may not lead to physical problems right away, but over time it can damage and harden the arteries, causing buildup of scar tissue. Gradually, that scar tissue can accumulate plaque, leading to clotting of the arteries. So even though you may not know you have high blood pressure, it can hurt you.
High blood pressure is one of the most serious risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Every minute your arteries succumb to hypertension means more damage, hardening and higher likelihood of a rupture or blood clots. As aging progresses, a man’s risk of high blood pressure rises. Approximately 52 percent of men between ages 55 to 64 have high blood pressure. That number rises with ages 65 to 74 – up to 64 percent.
Medication is an option for those with high blood pressure, but it’s not the only solution. Healthy lifestyle changes can help, too. Men can slash one of the most serious risk factors for heart disease and stroke – high blood pressure – by taking into account these four easy tips from Life Line Screening:
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