a patient getting their blood pressure taken by a doctor

When it comes to hypertension, one should be aware of some of the differences between men and women. High blood pressure is more common in men as compared to women before the age of 50 years old. However, after the age of 55 years old, high blood pressure is more common among women than men.

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Health Complications for Men and Women Due to High Blood Pressure

a doctor puts a stethoscope on the patients arm while testing their blood pressure 

High blood pressure complications include heart attacks and stroke. Studies have shown that such complications are significantly lower in women, especially in women who have not undergone menopause. Between these two complications, the reduction in heart attacks is much more prominent.

When comparing men and women between 40 and 70 years old with similar degrees of high blood pressure, women have lower complication risks than men. Therefore, to have similar damage to organs and blood vessels in women, a greater blood pressure load is required.

Read on to find out when to go for regular blood pressure screening.

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