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Mar/02/2024 / by Team Seema

The surprising hypertension connection in married couples

New research shows that high blood pressure, also called hypertension, affects both partners in a marriage. Published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the study looked at heterosexual couples in England, the United States, China, and India. It found that when one spouse has high blood pressure, the other is more likely to have it too. This was true for both husbands and wives.

The rates of couples having high blood pressure together were 38% in the US, 47% in England, 21% in China, and 20% in India. High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because there are often no symptoms. Over time, uncontrolled high blood pressure can damage the heart, brain, and kidneys. Getting tested regularly is important. If your husband has high blood pressure, you might be at higher risk too. 

Staying on top of your health can be more fun together. Here’s a few ways to make healthy lifestyle changes that can benefit you both:

  • Encourage each other to eat healthy, avoid salt and oil, stay active, and maintain a healthy weight. 
  • Cook nutritious meals together
  • Walk after meals
  • Go to each others’ important doctor visits
  • Manage stress through yoga and meditation 
  • Monitor blood pressure at home or with your doctor
  • Take medications as prescribed
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