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Published on July 29, 2019

Recently, GrassrootsHealth presented information on cholesterol and triglyceride levels among our participants, followed by a review showing the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids on triglyceride levels and overall cardiovascular health. Next, we will take one more look at how omega-3s may benefit heart and cardiovascular health through its effects on blood pressure. Before we get to that topic, let’s take a look at what GrassrootsHealth participants have reported for their own blood pressure levels.

The “Silent Killer” — Hypertension

According to the American Heart Association, nearly half of the adult population in the United States has high blood pressure, and many of them are unaware that they have it. With no outward symptoms in most cases, it has been labeled a “silent killer.” Left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke, and other health consequences leading to premature death.

What is considered high?

A blood pressure reading consists of two numbers. The top number is the systolic blood pressure, or the amount of pressure exerted on the artery walls when the heart is beating. The bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure or the amount of pressure when the heart is at rest.

The stages of high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) begin when the systolic blood pressure is 130 or higher, or the diastolic blood pressure is 80 or higher.

American Heart Association

What did GrassrootsHealth participants report for their blood pressure?

In the GrassrootsHealth D*action questionnaire, participants are asked if they know their average blood pressure over the past 6 months, and if so, what it was. On their most recent questionnaire, 64% of participants indicated yes, they did know their average blood pressure over the previous 6 months. Of those, 40% reported having a normal average blood pressure, 18% reported having elevated blood pressure (not yet considered hypertensive),and the remaining 42% reported having blood pressure levels that qualify as either stage 1 or stage 2 hypertension.

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Due to the self-report nature of the questionnaire, it is possible that many of those who do know their blood pressure are actively monitoring it due to a current or previous diagnosis of hypertension or some other health condition. This may result in an over-representation of those with elevated or high blood pressure within the entire cohort.

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