4 Misconceptions About Hypertension

nurse taking womans blood pressure(BlackDoctor.org) — Are you worried about high blood pressure in yourself, a family member, or a friend? Your concern is well founded. If left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to a range of health problems, including heart disease and stroke.

Within the African-American community, those with the highest rates of hypertension, are more likely to be middle aged or older, less educated, overweight or obese, physically inactive, and to have diabetes. In 2006 the death rates per 100,000 population from high blood pressure were 15.6 for white males, 51.1 for black males, 14.3 for white females and 37.7 for black females.

Knowing more about high blood pressure can help you prevent this condition from damaging your health, or the health of someone you love. You can start by learning what’s true about this condition — and what’s not.

Here are 4 common misconceptions about high blood pressure:

1. High Blood Pressure Isn’t a Big Deal