June 4, 2012 Contact: Sue Crosson-Knutson 312-334-2311 email@example.com
CHICAGO - Stressful June celebrations - graduations, weddings, anniversaries, family reunions, and Father’s Day – can increase blood pressure. “This is dangerous for the 74 million Americans with high blood pressure,” said Niten Singh, MD, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery®.
High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for stroke, the leading cause of disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Stroke risk factors include:
- blood pressure more than 135/85
- atrial fibrillation
- cigarette smoking
- alcohol consumption beyond moderation
- high cholesterol
- diabetes that is not under control
- lack of at least 30 minutes of exercise daily
- high sodium (salt) diet
- blood circulation problems
“Stroke usually occurs with little or no warning,” said Dr. Singh. “Medical care received within four hours of the initial warning signs can prove beneficial.”
The warning signs of stroke are:
- Numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
- Severe headache with no known cause.
Successful high blood pressure treatment can provide a 50 percent reduction in the risk of stroke according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Diet, physical activity, and a healthy weight affect high blood pressure.
For information on vascular health, visit VascularWeb.org®.
About the Society for Vascular Surgery®
The Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) is a not-for-profit professional medical society, composed primarily of vascular surgeons, that seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research, and public awareness. SVS is the national advocate for 3,863 specialty-trained vascular surgeons and other medical professionals who are dedicated to the prevention and cure of vascular disease. Visit its Web site at VascularWeb.org®. Follow SVS on Twitter and Facebook.