The latest statistics show that just in the US, seventy million people (1 in every 3 people) are suffering from elevated blood pressure. In Canada, this number is lower – 1 in 6 people.

Experts claim that hypertension can increase your risk of heart diseases, stroke, arteriosclerosis as well as kidney failure. So it is critical to manage this condition but not just for your overall health and wellbeing but also to prevent some life-threatening diseases.

There are a couple of risk factors for developing high blood pressure such as age, excess use of drugs or alcohol, race, obesity – high blood pressure is usually more present in African Americans than in white Americans, stress, sedentary lifestyle, tobacco use, chronic deficiency of vitamin D or/and potassium, excessive salt intake, and numerous chronic conditions like kidney disease and diabetes

Sadly, numerous people around the world live with the idea that having a blood pressure of 120 over 80 is normal, and that if the blood pressure increases you should immediately visit your cardiologist. But this is no longer applicable! Just check out the article below and discover more about it!

The Association ESC issued a list of new guidelines and according to them the normal pressure should be 140 systolic (the first number when you measure blood pressure) and 90 diastolic (this is the bottom number).

But this doesn’t apply for those who are suffering from diabetes, and in this case the normal blood pressure is 130 over 80, and this goes for the older population as well.

It was previously thought that if the blood pressure is 138 over 88 that this person is in hypertensive condition and that he should immediately take medications in order to prevent stroke or heart attack.