HYPERTENSION

High blood pressure (hypertension) can be damaging to one's health, resulting in increased risks of heart attack, stroke, decreased quality of life, and death. Hypertension medications are often in shortage at free clinics.

More About Hypertension

 
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Hypertension can clog blood vessels and restrict blood flow to the body's organs such as the brain or the heart. Blockage of blood flow to the brain causes ischemic stroke, while blockage of blood flow to the heart causes ischemic heart attack.

 
 
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In fact, heart disease, which often results from high blood pressure, is the #1 cause of death in the United States.

 
 
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In New York City, 11% of adults aged 18-44 years suffer from chronic hypertension.

That is 364,000 people.

 
 
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For adults aged 60 years or older, the prevalence jumps to 64%.

This means almost two-thirds of the entire city’s elderly suffers from chronic high blood pressure.

 
 
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595,000 people in NYC (or 33.1%) who suffer from hypertension live below the federal poverty level.

418,000 people in NYC (or 23.2%) who suffer from hypertension live at or 2 times above the federal poverty level.

 
 
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This means the majority of the people who suffer from hypertension are those with low income and who may not be able to afford medications to treat hypertension.

 
 

Adjusted to 2017 dollars, average cost of medications to treat one person’s hypertension is $575 per year, or $48 per month.

 

 
 

Your vote and your donation can help raise $10,000 to help 208 people in need receive treatments for hypertension this month.

 

References

1. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Hypertension in New York City: Disparities in Prevalence. Epi Data Brief, No. 82. (New York, NY, 2016).

2. Collins, R. et al. Blood pressure, stroke, and coronary heart disease. Part 2, Short-term reductions in blood pressure: overview of randomised drug trials in their epidemiological context. Lancet 335, 827-838 (1990).

3. Fei, K. et al. Racial and Ethnic Subgroup Disparities in Hypertension Prevalence, New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2013–2014. Prev Chronic Dis 14, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd14.160478 (2017).

4. MacMahon, S. et al. Blood pressure, stroke, and coronary heart disease. Part 1, Prolonged differences in blood pressure: prospective observational studies corrected for the regression dilution bias. Lancet 335, 765-774 (1990).

5. National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2016: With Chartbook on Long-term Trends in Health. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hyattsville, MD, 2017).

6. Zhang, D., Wang, G., Zhang, P., Fang, J. & Ayala, C. Medical Expenditures Associated With Hypertension in the U.S., 2000-2013. Am J Prev Med 53, S164-S171, doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2017.05.014 (2017).

 

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