May 17 is World Hypertension Day. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is defined as a blood pressure reading of 140/90 mm Hg or higher.  High blood pressure often has no symptoms, earning it the nickname “the silent killer.”  Some people may experience headaches, nosebleeds, or dizziness as symptoms.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 50% of adults in the U.S. have hypertension or high blood pressure. Even more troubling, only 25% of people with hypertension have it under control. This means millions of Americans are at risk for life-threatening conditions like heart disease and stroke, which are the first and fifth leading causes of death in the country.

Uncontrolled hypertension resulted in the loss of more than 877,503 lives in 2019 in the U.S. alone. High blood pressure impacts people of all ages; more than 18% of deaths were in those under 65. High blood pressure also increases the risk of other dangerous health issues such as heart failure, kidney disease, pregnancy complications, and cognitive decline later in life.

At Alaska Health Fair, we understand the severity of this health issue and encourage all Alaskans to get their blood pressure checked regularly and follow the treatment plan recommended by their doctor. On World Hypertension Day, get your blood pressure measured and take steps to manage high blood pressure through lifestyle changes and medication as prescribed. Small changes can make a big difference in reducing health risks and living longer.

High blood pressure is a serious but often preventable and treatable condition. Let’s work together to spread awareness about the importance of blood pressure management and make hypertension control a priority in Alaska. Get checked, get treated, and get on the path to better health!

Alaska Health Fair, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing health education and preventive health screenings throughout Alaska.  We offer blood pressure checks at all of our health fairs and events.  Knowing your blood pressure numbers and having high blood pressure properly diagnosed and managed could save your life. Visit us at to find a health fair near you and take action for your health today.  Together, we can make a difference!

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Simple Tips to Get an Accurate Blood Pressure Reading at Home