Have High Blood Pressure? You’re Three Times More Likely to Die From Heart Disease

(Standard-Examiner) – High blood pressure is on the rise throughout the country, and although Utah fares better than the rest of the nation, it’s still a major concern.

According to the Utah Department of Health, one in four Utah adults has high blood pressure, which is defined as blood pressure greater than or equal to 140/90. In addition, the U.S. Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the majority of people with high blood pressure are taking medication, yet their blood pressure is still uncontrolled.

High blood pressure is a major contributor to heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the country as well as in Utah. People with high blood pressure are four times more likely to die from a stroke and three times more likely to die from heart disease, according to the UDOH.


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