Blood pressure measures how hard the blood pushes against the walls of your arteries as it moves through your body. Measurements are taken when your heart beats and gain when it rests. Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure (HBP) can increase. Often described as a “silent killer,” HBP has no apparent symptoms. If left untreated, HBP increases your risk for heart disease — including heart failure or heart attack — as well as stroke, kidney problems and other threats.
Coupled with family history, certain physical traits and lifestyle choices can put you at greater risk for HBP.
While having high blood pressure is serious, there are many ways to manage it.
Knowing your numbers and monitoring and controlling your blood pressure are essential. See your doctor at least yearly to check your blood pressure and determine if you need to take medicine, change your diet or monitor your blood pressure at home.
It’s important to take medications exactly as prescribed and supply your doctor with a comprehensive list of all medicines, vitamins, herbal remedies and supplements you take.
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