Yunkyung Eom. Professor Chad Hammett. English 1301 . April

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Yunkyung Eom Professor Chad Hammett English 1301 April 23, 2017 Hypertension, Cause and Prescription In my biology class I learned many Americans have hypertension. So, as one of the people living in America, I decided to research on what hypertension is and why many American have hypertension and what the prescription would be. The number of people living with hypertension (high blood pressure) is predicted to be 1.56 billion worldwide by the year 2025. In the US, around 75 million people have hypertension, with more people dying of hypertension-related cardiovascular disease than from the next three deadliest diseases combined. In 2011-2012 in the US, about a third of all people over the age of 20 years had…show more content…
Many people find out about hypertension only when they suffer a heart attack or get a medical check-up done. Hypertension is a life-threatening condition characterized by high blood pressure in the arteries leading to the lungs and heart. Unlike regular hypertension or high blood pressure, hypertension occurs when the arteries in the lungs become blocked or narrow, making it harder for the heart to pump blood through them. This raises blood pressure in the lungs and causes the heart to weaken, which may eventually lead to heart failure. Hypertension is also dangerous because it can lead to strokes, heart attacks, heart failure, or kidney disease. So the goal of hypertension treatment is to lower high blood pressure and protect important organs, like the brain, heart, and kidneys from damage. The causes resulting in hypertension vary from person to person and can be extremely difficult to identify. In other words the exact causes of high blood pressure are not known, but several factors and conditions may play a role in its development, including: Smoking, Being overweight or obese, Lack of physical activity, Too much salt in the diet, Too much alcohol consumption (more than 1 to 2 drinks per day), Stress, Older age, Genetics,

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