High blood pressure can be a bigger concern for women

October 11, 2018 - 3:15 am

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A third of people in the United States suffer from, or will suffer from, hypertension. 

High blood pressure is a particularly serious condition if left untreated. About 35 million of the people with high blood pressure, roughly one-half, are women, and, according to the American Heart Association, they have certain characteristics that can be concerning.  

Compared with men, women with high blood pressure are more likely to be obese and have high cholesterol levels. They are also less likely than men to receive medications such as aspirin, blood pressure lowering drugs, or cholesterol lowering drugs.  

Most people don't know that heart disease is the number one killer of women. An estimated 480,000 women die of cardiovascular disease every single year.