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Top Ten Myths Concerning High Blood Pressure

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Uncontrolled high blood pressure can be an issue of life and death. Often called the “silent killer”, hypertension can quickly spin out of control and in many cases is the leading cause of stroke. May is High Blood Pressure Education Month, and here at ROX Medical, we believe the best way to be aware is to know the facts about HBP.

While the phrase “high blood pressure” or “hypertension” may be phrases you have heard more than once, there is a lot of misinformation surrounding this medical condition. Knowing the difference between myths and facts regarding high blood pressure could potentially save your life or the life of someone you love.

In the medical field of hypertension, we always stress knowing your numbers, but we believe you must also know your facts. We have made a list of the top ten misconceptions when it comes to high blood pressure and supplied you with the truth, so you can pass this along to your friends and family to help keep them healthy!

Top Ten Myths Concerning High Blood Pressure

MYTH #1: If I only experience elevated blood pressure at the doctor’s office, a condition known as white-coat hypertension, there is no real reason to worry.
FACT: White-coat hypertension should not be dismissed. If white-coat hypertension increases your blood pressure, there is the likelihood that other stressors in your life will do so as well. Doctors suggest to monitor your blood pressure at home, and always get regular check-ups.

MYTH #2: High blood pressure has many symptoms that are easily recognized.
FACT: HBP has little to no symptoms, and is often called the silent killer. Getting regular check-ups is the only way to know if you are at risk.

MYTH #3: If you aren’t stressed out, you won’t have high blood pressure.
FACT: Anyone can develop HBP, no matter their stress level.

MYTH #4: As I take my blood pressure at home and the readings are lower, it’s ok to adjust the dose on my medications on my own.
FACT: It is essential to take your medications exactly as your doctor prescribes, and allow him or her to make any necessary adjustments.

MYTH #5: High blood pressure runs in my family, so there is nothing I can do to prevent it.
FACT: While genetics play a role in a HBP diagnosis, they are not the determining factor. You CAN prevent HBP.

MYTH #6: Diet doesn’t play a role in my high blood pressure.
FACT: Eating a healthy diet is crucial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, too much sugar can increase the insulin your body produces. Most processed foods contain high levels of sugar and sodium.

MYTH #7: Reducing salt intake can cure my high blood pressure.
FACT: This along with other lifestyle modifications can contribute to lowering HBP. while there is no cure for hypertension there are steps you can take to reduce it.

MYTH #8: High blood pressure has many symptoms that are easily recognized.
FACT: HBP has little to no symptoms, and is often called the silent killer. Getting regular check-ups is the only way to know if you are at risk.

MYTH #9: I can only check my high blood pressure at the doctor’s office.
FACT: With a quality machine, it is possible and encouraged to check your HBP at home!

MYTH #10: I got my blood pressure checked a few years ago and since my diet, weight, and habits have not changed, I don’t need to get it checked again.
FACT: There are many contributing factors to high blood pressure and getting checked regularly at your yearly check-up is a good way to know if your blood pressure is staying within a healthy range.

We have developed an innovative interventional procedure designed to immediately, significantly lower and maintain blood pressure in patients with uncontrolled hypertension. If you have uncontrolled hypertension and take three or more medications, you may be eligible for our clinical trial.

Recent studies show that a person dies from a stroke every 40 seconds. Knowing the facts is crucial to be aware of the risk of high blood pressure, but taking steps to keep it under control can save your life. See if you are eligible for our clinical trial here.

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