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New Survey Finds Majority of Adults Don't Understand a Key Source of High Blood Pressure
Date:6/10/2009

about 1 in 3 adults (30%) in the US have high blood pressure.(4) While it cannot be cured, it can be lowered to a healthier level with a healthier lifestyle, diet, exercise and, in many cases, medication.(5)

New content on www.RealAge.com will give the public access to educational materials about an important enzyme called renin. Renin plays a role in blood pressure rising and falling and starts a chemical process in the body that narrows blood vessels. In some people, the renin system is too active and that can lead to high blood pressure. There are many medications that work in the renin system that can lead to effective blood pressure lowering.(2)

"The results of this survey reinforce the need for education, particularly around the renin system. Targeting the renin system is a key to regulating blood pressure," Roizen continued. "Our hope is that by helping the public better understand the physiology of high blood pressure, we can motivate those with the condition to adapt a healthier lifestyle and ask their physicians about treatment options that target a key source of blood pressure."

High Blood Pressure: A Serious Health Threat

Untreated high blood pressure increases a person's risk for heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease.(5) Alarmingly, about 4 out of 10 people (41%) diagnosed with high blood pressure were not aware that kidney disease is a potential consequence of high blood pressure if left untreated.(1) In fact, high blood pressure is one of the leading causes of kidney failure and causes more than 25,000 new cases of kidney failure in the US each year.(6)

There are a number of different types of medications available to help patients get to a healthier blood pressure level. Despite this, nearly 36% of Americans taking high blood pressure medications do not have their hypertension properly controlled
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