High blood pressure actually has no symptoms. Because high blood pressure usually has no warning signs or symptoms, many people don’t realize they have it. That’s why it’s important to visit your doctor regularly. Be sure to talk with your doctor about having your blood pressure checked.
Blood pressure is the force of blood against your artery walls as it circulates through your body. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day, but it can cause health problems if it stays high for a long time. High blood pressure can lead to heart disease and stroke-leading causes of death in the United States.
One in three American adults has high blood pressure-that’s an estimated 67 million people. Anyone, including children, can develop it.
If you have high blood pressure, your doctor may prescribe medication to treat it. Lifestyle changes, such as the ones listed above, can be just as important as taking medicines. Talk with your doctor about the best ways to reduce your risk for high blood pressure.
May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month. To learn more about the IDPH Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention program, click here.
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