Before losing weight, I was taking 2 different medications to control my blood pressure. Gradually, with weight loss, my doctor and I weaned the medications (I was passing out due to low blood pressure!)
I’ve been off of medication for 1.5 years now. But I still check my blood pressure at least once a month. Overweight and obese people are more likely to have high blood pressure. High blood pressure can cause stroke, heart attack, impotence, etc. Usually high blood pressure has no symptoms – you don’t have to be stressed or have a headache to have high blood pressure.
All adults should have their blood pressure checked and well controlled. A recent update from the American Heart Association suggests that only 1/3 of hypertensive patients in the US are well controlled:
- Among hypertensive adults, 78% were aware of their condition, 68% were using antihypertensive medication, and 64% of those treated had their hypertension controlled.
- From 1997 to 2007, the death rate caused by HBP increased 9.0%, and the actual number of deaths rose 35.6%.
What constitutes good BP control? Mayoclinic.com suggests the following goals: