When blood pressure reaches an all-time high, it can be known as hypertension, which can be a serious issue that leads to many other problems in those that it affects. In fact, it can significantly increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, which are the first and third leading causes of death in the United States. There are some specific statistics to keep in mind in New Jersey alone. This includes the fact that, in New Jersey, age-adjusted hypertension mortality rates have increased by about 18% in the last few years from 4.5 per 100,000 in 1999 to 5.3 per 100,000 in 2005. In 2005, an estimated 24% of New Jersey adults were diagnosed with hypertension. It is also important to note that the prevalence of hypertension increases greatly with age.

Recent News of Brain Hemorrhage

In recent news, it was found that people who survive a brain hemorrhage (a bleeding stroke) might be at higher risk for another one if their blood pressure is not kept under control. Aggressive blood pressure control has been linked to reducing the risk substantially. These findings were published in the September 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

A team led by Dr. Jonathan Rosand of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston conducted some tests on the subject. In this research, the team tracked outcomes for more than 1,100 people who suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage, which is a type of stroke in which bleeding occurs directly into the brain. The patients survived ninety days and in this time they were followed up for 37 months. They had their blood pressure checked at three, six, nine, and 12 months, and then every six months. During these follow-ups, 146 recurrent bleeding strokes were recorded among the patients.

More experts have agrees that long-term blood pressure control is imperative in preventing a second bleeding stroke. The closer you are to a 90/60 reading for your blood pressure after a brain bleed, the better off you become. If you want to better manage your blood pressure, then you should get a doctor’s check-up at least once every three to six months, eat a low-salt diet, and exercise more often.

Other Hypertension Facts

More than half of New Jersey adults age 65 years and older report having hypertension, along with the prevalence varying by income. For instance, hypertension among New Jersey adults in 2005 was about 30% among those with a household income of less than $25,000 per year. In about 90 to 95 percent of cases of hypertension, the cause is actually unknown and the condition is referred to as essential and primary hypertension. Many factors can lead to it, including kidney abnormalities, a structural abnormality of the aorta, and narrowing of certain arteries. The sad fact of the matter is that almost one third of people with hypertension don’t even know that they have it.

The best way to deal with high blood pressure is to take preventative measures. For those who have suffered a bleeding stroke, it is a good idea to do everything in your nature to keep your blood pressure down and stay healthy. Whether this means a change in diet or exercising more frequently, this could lead to a healthier lifestyle that you will benefit from. Stay healthy in New Jersey and make this choice for yourself!