Hypertension. Sixty-seven million Americans have been diagnosed with the condition, more commonly known as high blood pressure.
Before they hit age 50, hypertension is less common in women than in men. The female hormone estrogen likely serves as a kind of protection. But after 50, women’s rates of hypertension go up. That increases the risk of heart disease. And heart disease kills more women than anything else.
That’s how it went for Susan Evans. Her blood pressure changed with age.