"[D]octors are not well-trained in lifestyle modifications and do not spend a lot of time with patients on these strategies," said Horowitz.
"The key to most public health efforts like those to control high blood pressure must begin with the younger population if we want to ever actually reduce the [number of people newly diagnosed with] high blood pressure over time. This will require new methods of educating and influencing healthy behaviors in the younger population," said Thomas.
Pessalano agrees that young people need to be more aware of the dangers of hypertension and that it can happen to people who are in her age group.
"I had no idea how serious hypertension could be until my doctor sat down and explained the effect high blood pressure can have on the heart and arteries when left untreated," she said.
Knowing that, she says she's glad she's taking steps to protect her health.
"I get a little frustrated that I have to remember to take it every day, especially when I'm in a rush in the morning. But in the big scheme of things, it's just a little pill; it doesn't inconvenience my life and is an easy and effective way to control my blood pressure."