Frequently Held Misconceptions about Blood Pressure

According to World Health Organization data, approximately 1.13 billion people worldwide have hypertension. Despite its increasing prevalence, hypertension continues to be widely misunderstood. The following are some frequently held misconceptions about hypertension. 

Myth: Hypertension is a non-emergency.

Hypertension is dubbed the “silent killer.” It can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, heart failure, vision loss, sexual dysfunction, and peripheral artery Disease if left untreated.

Myth: There is nothing you can do if it runs in the family.

Fact: In some cases, hypertension is hereditary. However, it is not a given, even for those who are genetically predisposed. Additionally, the condition develops as a result of lifestyle factors such as poor diet and inactivity.

Myth: It is a natural part of aging.

Fact: Hypertension is not a natural part of aging. While high Blood pressure is more prevalent in older adults, it also occurs in middle-aged and young adults.

Myth: If you have hypertension, visible symptoms will occur.

The only way to diagnose hypertension is to take a blood pressure reading. Typically, there are no signs or Symptoms that someone has hypertension. Many people are unaware that they have hypertension.

Myth: If you avoid table salt, you will not develop hypertension.

The World Health Organization recommends that adults consume 5 grams of salt daily to maintain a healthy body. However, avoiding table salt alone will not suffice to limit overall salt intake. Bread, pizzas, sandwiches, cold cuts, cured meats, soups, tacos, chips, popcorn, chicken, and eggs are ten additional foods that can increase your salt intake.

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About the Author:

Germie Alderite is a Registered Medical Technologist in the Philippines. She is currently studying Doctor of Medicine in the said country. Germie worked in an Adventist Wellness Center for a year before entering Medical School. She believes that many transgress the laws of health through ignorance, thus, people need instruction. They need to be impressed with the importance of making their knowledge a guide of life. Physician has many opportunities both of imparting a knowledge of health principles and of showing the importance of putting them into practice.