Those in the medical field are all too familiar with the devastation of hypertension, as every single day thousands are treated for this chronic illness. Unfortunately, not everyone knows they have this affliction until it’s too late, meaning thousands are not receiving lifesaving, ongoing treatment for the condition. Due to its insidious nature, hypertension is known as a silent killer. While many cases are preventable, humans will be humans. There will always be stress, obesity, drinking, smoking, lack of sleep, and avoidance of exercise contributing to this deadly disease.

When looking at the societal impact of hypertension, it makes sense to focus on places where people spend much of their time, like with family and friends, the workplace, and the community. All three can play a role in improving hypertension statistics, and each has a stake in the outcome.