| Older Hispanics Can Prevent High Blood Pressure
Almost half of Hispanics over age 65 have high blood pressure, but many don’t
know they have it because they feel just fine. Even though high blood pressure
doesn’t cause symptoms, it is a major health risk, and if it isn’t treated, it
can lead to stroke, heart disease, kidney failure, and other serious health problems.
The good news is that there are ways to prevent high blood pressure and the trouble
it can cause. If you already have high blood pressure, there are ways to prevent
or treat its complications.
High blood pressure is not a normal part of aging. You can prevent high blood
pressure by maintaining a healthy weight; exercising every day; eating more fruits,
vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy foods; cutting down on salt and sodium;
and drinking less alcohol. You can lower your blood pressure by making these
lifestyle changes and, if needed, by taking medicine.
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is offering a free fact sheet in Spanish
with tips on how to control high blood pressure. To order a copy of Presión Arterial
Alta: Consejos para Mantenerla Bajo Control, call 1-800-222-2225 weekdays between
8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. A Spanish-speaking information specialist
is available to respond to calls. You also can order this and other Spanish publications
on healthy aging on the NIA website at www.nia.nih.gov.
The NIA, part of the National Institutes of Health of the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services, leads the federal effort supporting and conducting
research on aging and the special needs of older people. The Institute is committed
to making health information available to older Hispanic Americans and their
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's Medical Research
Agency — includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal
agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical
research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common
and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit http://www.nih.gov.