Consequences of High Blood Pressure: High blood pressure (hypertension) can silently damage the body and cause complications. The excessive pressure on your artery walls caused by high blood pressure can damage your blood vessels, as well as organs in your body. The higher your blood pressure and the longer it goes uncontrolled, the greater the damage. Fortunately, you can control your blood pressure to lower your risk for serious health problems.
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About 76,000 pregnant women worldwide die each year from preeclampsia and other related hypertensive disorders. Preeclampsia awareness month helps to improve, educate, and raise awareness about maternal healthcare across the globe. The Preeclampsia Foundation’s theme for Preeclampsia Awareness Month 2016 is: The Faces of Preeclampsia: Any Woman, Any Pregnancy.
What is Preeclampsia?
Preeclampsia is a condition that occurs during pregnancy and postpartum that is characterized by high blood pressure and affects 5 to 8 % of all pregnancies. Preeclampsia typically occurs after 20 weeks of being pregnant. Women who are at risk for this medical condition are obese, became pregnant in their early teens or after the age of 40, have a family history of the disorder, or are carrying multiple babies.
What is Minority Health Month?
Minority Health Month is meant to promote awareness of the health disparities that affect minorities, and to improve the health status among minority populations. This year’s theme is “Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation.” Did you know that Hispanics are 1.7 times more likely than whites to have diabetes, while African Americans are twice as likely as whites to have diabetes?
WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- College football players show signs of having stiffer blood vessels than their leaner peers who don't play football, according to new research.
TUESDAY, April 1 (HealthDay News) -- There is a host of health benefits of running, including weight control, stress reduction, better blood pressure and cholesterol.
TUESDAY, March 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New mothers who gain too much "baby weight" in the year after they give birth are at increased risk for diabetes and heart disease, researchers warn.
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