May is a big month for Nahigian Strategies. In addition to supporting our clients, we will be celebrating our 18th year as a firm, preparing for an office remodel, and readying for an exciting summer ahead. Like many of our clients, it’s easy to let our busy days get ahead of our health — and perhaps even forget that . Our firm has worked extensively in the healthcare space, and educating people about the risks of high blood pressure has been something we’ve been working tirelessly on.

In November 2017, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACA) announced new blood pressure standards. According to our client, higi, who owns and operates over 11,000 FDA-cleared health stations around the country, 61.5% of blood pressure screenings at higi stations have results in the hypertensive range according to the new standards. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a key indicator for stroke and heart disease, the two leading causes of death in the world.

Though many look at high blood pressure as something for older folks, young people and women are at risk as well. According to the Center for Disease Control, about one in four men and nearly one in five women age 35 to 44 has high blood pressure.

As our busy month of May gets underway, don’t let your health go by the wayside. People with high blood pressure usually don’t have symptoms, which is why it’s sometimes called the “silent killer.” Many people who have high blood pressure don’t even know it. But don’t worry! You can stop by one of the 11,000 high stations nationwide for a quick blood pressure test. 78% of the population is within 5 miles of a higi station, and you can find your closest one here.