Why travellers prefer Blue Cross
High blood pressure is a serious issue among Canadians. According to the Statistics Canada Health Reports publication (2010), six million Canadians (one in five adults) have high blood pressure. Also referred to as hypertension, high blood pressure poses a number of risks, including an increased risk of stroke, kidney failure, heart attack and other cardiovascular issues.
The report also found that of the Canadians with high blood pressure, 83% were aware of their condition and 17% were not aware. However, about one-third of people do not have the health issue under control.
According to the National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute, people are considered to be at higher risk of having high blood pressure if they are older, overweight or obese, or have unhealthy lifestyle habits or a family history of high blood pressure. Men and women are equally likely to develop it.
Although medication can help lower blood pressure, many of the current medication options may cause undesirable effects (also called side effects). These medications can also be expensive. Without a group health insurance plan, the average person may not be able to afford the medications they are prescribed for the condition.
In addition to exploring your options for private health insurance coverage, there are natural ways you can manage high blood pressure:
If you have high blood pressure that must be treated with medication and are looking for ways to offset the costs of your prescription, a private health insurance plan may be your best option. Private health insurance helps you pay for everyday health care expenses that OHIP does not cover. A Blue Cross health insurance plan can cover health services, prescription drugs and much more. Get a free health insurance quote online today.