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Cardiovascular Diseases

Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs) are the number 1 cause of death globally: more people die annually from CVDs than from any other cause.

Cardiovascular Diseases

Most cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by addressing behavioral risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and obesity, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol using population-wide strategies. People with cardiovascular disease or who are at high cardiovascular risk (due to the presence of one or more risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia or already established disease) need early detection and management using constant monitoring, counselling and medicines, as appropriate.

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

High blood pressure (hypertension) affects 20% of the general population and up to half of all individuals, 70 years of age and older. Approximately one billion people currently have high blood pressure, and this number is expected to increase by more than fifty percent by the year 2025. Worldwide hypertension is the third leading cause of death and hypertension-related deaths are expected to rise drastically in the coming decades. High blood pressure places stress on the cardiovascular system. The strain on the heart leads to enlargement of cardiac chambers and causes damage to the blood vessels that supply the heart. In the peripheral circulation, the increased pressure in the vessels can cause intracranial bleeding and can damage vital organs, including the liver, kidneys, brain, and lungs.

Despite all of these health factors, hypertension is often considered “the silent killer” because most patients with high blood pressure do not feel the effects and therefore might not seek treatment until it is too late.

Risks

Anyone can be at risk for developing high blood pressure. Although most people will experience high blood pressure at some time in their life, certain individuals are at higher risk for developing chronic (long-term) hypertension.

The following factors can all play a prominent role in increasing your risk for developing high blood pressure:

  • Smoking
  • Excess alcohol consumption
  • Emotional stress
  • Poor diet and/or exercise
  • Obesity

In addition to these preventable factors, our genes can also contribute to our susceptibility to develop high blood pressure. Therefore, individuals with a family history of hypertension are more likely to develop hypertension.

Hypertension is a disease that can strike at any age

Lastly, although it is usually associated with the elderly, and even though the incidence of high blood pressure increases with age, hypertension is a disease that can strike at any age. It is therefore important to begin a regimen of regular blood pressure monitoring early, even if you believe you only have a moderate risk for developing hypertension.

The good news is that hypertension is a preventable disease. There are many steps that you can take to reduce your risk. Regular blood pressure monitoring in the home is an essential part of any prevention program so that you and your physician can build up an accurate picture of your health.

OMRON Healthcare offer an entire line of Home Blood Pressure Monitors that can be used in the comfort of your home, providing you true quality, accuracy and reliability. Whether you are looking for an upper-arm or wrist type device, we have the right solution for you.

Why should you use a home blood pressure monitor?

Hypertension is an important risk of cardio vascular diseases. Regular blood pressure monitoring in the home is an essential part of any prevention program so that you and your physician can build up an accurate picture of your health.

  • Diagnosing, preventing and managing high blood pressure
  • Diagnosing, preventing and managing high blood pressure are essential in our battle to eliminate this deadly disease, and monitoring your blood pressure regularly is the first step. These alarming facts and statistics emphasize the need for an immediate call to action within the medical community, key opinion leaders, and society.

Prevention

Most cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by addressing behavioral risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and obesity, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol using population-wide strategies.

People with cardiovascular disease or who are at high cardiovascular risk (due to the presence of one or more risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia or already established disease) need early detection and management using constant monitoring, counselling and medicines, as appropriate.

Regardless of the underlying cause, nearly every form of high blood pressure can be prevented or treated effectively using a combination of measures. Preventive measures such as improving your lifestyle and eating habits and monitoring your blood pressure regularly can significantly lower your risk. If you have high hypertension, these measures can help lower your blood pressure to a manageable level; however, in many cases, medical treatment might also be needed. So visit your doctor regularly.

What can you do to help lower your risk?

  • Eat a sensible diet
  • Stop smoking
  • Reduce your consumption of alcohol
  • Exercise regularly
  • Reduce your stress level
  • Set aside time to slow down and relax
  • Visit your doctor regularly
  • Measure your blood pressure regularly using an in-home blood pressure monitor and discuss the results with your doctor

You can also play an important role in managing your own health. Reducing or eliminating many of the common risk factors associated with hypertension can significantly reduce your susceptibility to high blood pressure and related diseases. Taking appropriate measures—including changing your lifestyle and eating habits and measuring your blood pressure regularly—will often be sufficient to prevent or even reverse high blood pressure