May is Hypertension Awareness Month, and in light of that, we at AFC Urgent Care Hartsdale are using this opportunity at to discuss health risks caused by untreated hypertension, also known as high blood pressure.

This Medical Minute delves into steps you can take to control and treat high blood pressure.

Hypertension is in epidemic proportions in the U.S. Approximately 1 in 3 citizens have high blood pressure, according to 2012 CDC statistics, and out of those, about 45% are unaware that they have it, and are therefore walking around with what has been called “The Silent Killer”, or un-treated high blood pressure.

Hypertension is an especially dangerous condition for those with co-existing conditions such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke victims or those with heart attacks in their history. For these people especially, it’s critical that they take consistent measures to control their high blood pressure, much of which can be done without medication.

Is high blood pressure controllable?

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is controllable. Healthy life choices such as limiting alcohol intake, quitting smoking, eating a heart healthy diet of lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, exercising and controlling stress as much as possible are the key steps doctors are prescribing to control high blood pressure. There are times, however, when medication is necessary in conjunction with healthy lifestyle choices, and we are lucky that on the market now are highly effective, low risk and affordable medications to help keep your high blood pressure in check.

It is very important to get screened for high blood pressure as a part of your regular preventative check up.

Here at AFC Urgent Care Hartsdale we are here to screen, treat and help you learn how you can control high blood pressure and keep healthy.