Future of Senior Fitness
Health Is Your Only Wealth
Blood pressure is defined as the force exerted by blood against the walls of the arteries. The aging process brings structural changes in the arterial wall that result in a reduced circumference of blood vessels. When other factors that affect blood pressure are present, blood pressure is increased to dangerously high levels, known as hypertension. Currently, almost 50% of older adults suffer from hypertension. Risk factors for hypertension include:
Poor diet including excessive salt or alcohol consumption
Family history of hypertension
Hypertension is a strong predictor of Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke.
⦁More than 30% of American adults have hypertension.
⦁Hypertension is known as a “silent disease” due to a lack of obvious symptoms. More than 25% of people with hypertension do not know it.
⦁More than 60% of people with hypertension do not have it sufficiently under control even with medication and other treatments.
⦁More than 40% of African Americans have hypertension.
Credit: NASM SENIOR FITNESS SPECIALIST
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