Did you know that cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks, heart failure, and strokes, are the primary cause of death around the world, for both men and women? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 18 million people die each year due to a complication associated to heart disease. This high mortality rate is attributed to the sedentary lifestyle embedded in Western culture, which involves a lack of physical activity, high consumption of fast food, and various stress factors related to work, bills, and life, in general.
There are many health conditions that increase the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, and one of the most important health concerns is high blood pressure. Furthermore, most people walk around, doing their daily activities without knowing that they suffer from high blood pressure, which increases, even more, the probability of a heart attack or a stroke. Thus, it is important to understand the causes and symptoms of high blood pressure.