Hypertension has become so widespread that people often forget how serious the condition really is.
In the United States alone, 70 million adults suffer from the condition. This is equal to roughly 40% of adults over the age of 25.
The number of people living with high blood pressure is predicted to reach 1.56 billion worldwide by the year 2025.
Additionally, hypertension is responsible for up to 50% of deaths from heart disease and stroke and is a direct cause of kidney disease and kidney failure.
What Is Hypertension ?
The condition occurs when the force of the blood pumping through your arteries is too strong.
Short-term, it’s a normal sign of stress, exertion or illness. However, long-term, it can put a lot of strain on your blood vessels and heart, becoming potentially fatal (3).