High blood pressure has been aptly called the "silent killer" because it usually produces NO symptoms! Millions of people have high blood pressure, and many do not even know they have this serious condition.
Untreated high blood pressure increases slowly over the years. It is important, therefore, for anyone with risk factors to have their blood pressure checked regularly and to make lifestyle changes, if appropriate.
Regular blood pressure screening and lifestyle changes are urged for individuals who:
- Have pre-high blood pressure
- Have mildly elevated systolic pressure with normal diastolic
- Have a family history of high blood pressure
- Are overweight
- Are over forty years old
If you have not had your blood pressure checked in the past year, call your health care provider and schedule a check-up.
A check-up is especially important if you have ANY of the above risk factors.
Steven Kang, MD, Division of Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology, East Bay Arrhythmia, Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group, Oakland, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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