PLANO, Texas (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- About one in three Americans has high blood pressure, and nearly one-third donâ??t know it. Thereâ??s a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to this common condition.
It can sneak up on you or can become a life-long problem. High blood pressure comes in many forms.
â??There are a billion people in the world that have hypertension high blood pressure," David L. Brown, MD, Director of Interventional Cardiology and Co-Director of CV Research at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano in Plano, Texas, told Ivanhoe.
But how much do you know about this common problem?
Fact or fiction: You need to monitor both arms when measuring blood pressure.
Fact: A British study found differences in blood pressure between left and right arms could increase the risk of death.
Fact or fiction: Leaving the table salt on the table lowers your risk.
Fiction: Not necessarily! Up to 75 percent of the sodium you consume is hidden in processed foods, so check your labels, too.
Fact or fiction: A small increase in blood pressure isnâ??t a big deal.