According to new federal data, over the past 13 years there is a significant increase in deaths identified with high blood pressure.

Likewise, a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics confirmed an increase of 61.8% in the number of hypertension-related deaths from 2000 to 2013.

While it is for the most part acknowledged that hypertension can prompt heart-related issues, studies have confirmed close association between hypertension and other chronic diseases. For example, hypertension can increase death risks because of cancer or while building up the infection in the first place.

Symptoms associated with high blood pressure:

a) Severe headache
b) Vision problems
c) Fatigue
d) Difficulty in breathing
e) Chest pain
f) Pounding in chest, ears or neck
g) Blood in the urine
h) Irregular heartbeat
Few simple things that can help you live a risk free life include –
a) Stay active and keep your weight under check – Make yoga, gym and/or morning and evening walks part of your daily routine.
b) Keep your stress levels under control – Indulge in yoga and meditation (at least thrice a week)
c) Include 5 food groups (protein, grains, vegetables, fruits and dairy) in your daily diet.
d) Try to quit harmful substances, chief among which are alcohol and smoking.
e) Keep a regular check on the amount of salt intake. Try to avoid frozen stuff.
f) Be regular with your health check-ups and maintain proper health records.

Bottom-Line: According to the physicians and dieticians, lifestyle changes and regular monitoring can bring this ‘silent-killer’ in control.

Source: Hsiang-Ching Kung, Ph.D., statistician, U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Gregg Fonarow, M.D., spokesman, American Heart Association, and professor, cardiology, University of California, Los Angeles; March 26, 2015, report, Hypertension-related Mortality in the United States, 2000-2013