One in Three Americans Have High Blood Pressure

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The study reports one out of three Americans have high blood pressure compared to one in four a decade ago. The study also found that one in three with hypertension don't even know they have it.

Most often, high blood pressure presents no symptoms. It puts extra strain on your heart and arteries and can lead to numerous fatal conditions such as stroke, heart attack, and kidney failure.

Dr. Ralph Watson of the Michigan State University Hypertension Clinic attributes the higher incidence to people getting heavier, not getting enough exercise, and just that people are living longer giving way to common conditions associated with aging.

The good news is that there are ways to control blood pressure. Thirty minutes of aerobic exercise three to four times a week helps to lower blood pressure along with avoiding meals high in salt and eating a well balanced diet.