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Overweight and Obesity The terms “overweight” and “obesity” refer to a person’s overall body weight and whether it’s too high. Overweight is having extra body weight from muscle, bone, fat, and/or water. Obesity is having a high amount of extra body fat. The most commonly used measure of overweight and obesity is body mass index (BMI). BMI is calculated from your height and weight. 9 is considered normal. 9 is considered overweight. A BMI of 30 or above is considered 23 Cardiovascular Disorders Sourcebook, Fourth Edition obese.
Isolated systolic hypertension (ISH) is the most common form of HBP in older adults. ISH occurs when only systolic blood pressure (the top number) is high. About two out of three people over age 60 who have HBP have ISH. HBP doesn’t have to be a routine part of aging. You can take steps to keep your blood pressure at a normal level. Race/Ethnicity HBP can affect anyone. However, it occurs more often in African American adults than in Caucasian or Hispanic American adults. In relation to these groups, the following is true of African Americans: • Tend to get HBP earlier in life • Often have more severe HBP • Are more likely to be aware that they have HBP and to get treatment • Are less likely than Caucasians and about as likely as Hispanic Americans to achieve target control levels with HBP treatment • Have higher rates than Caucasians of premature death from HBP-related complications, such as coronary heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure HBP risks vary among different groups of Hispanic-American adults.
Also, some risk factors, such as smoking and diabetes, put you at greater risk for heart disease and heart attack than others. Many heart disease risk factors start during childhood. This occurs even more now because many children are overweight and don’t get enough physical activity. Some heart disease risk factors can even develop within the first 10 years of life. Researchers continue to study and learn more about heart disease risk factors. Outlook Heart disease is the number-one killer of both women and men in the United States.
Cardiovascular Disorders Sourcebook by Amy L. Sutton