Fathers Day is this weekend – and the question I have for all the fathers in our community is, “How is your health?” Let’s start with a simple measure of health and that is your blood pressure. Did you know that 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure and does not know it? It may not be obvious at first that your blood pressure is raised above what is considered healthy, but left untreated the damage can be very serious.
- 77 % of Americans treated for a first stroke have blood pressure over 140/90
- 69% of Americans who have a first heart attack have blood pressure over 140/90
- 74% of Americans with congestive heart failure have blood pressure over 140/90
High blood pressure can lead to many other health issues too and no one is too young to be checking on their blood pressure, as some very simple changes can make a difference.
Dad’s on this weekend when your children and your spouses are praising you for all you do – do something for them and yourself – Get Your Blood Pressure Checked. You can do it at the drugstore or your doctors office – just do it. If it is over 120/80 then you are in at the very least a prehypertension category and need to take action NOW, for the sake of you and your family.
Want to learn more? Check out this link to the American Heart Association