High Blood Pressure also known as Hypertension affects greater than 75 million Americans. Hypertension has no symptoms. It is important to manage your blood pressure to remain healthy. Here are some risk factors and tips for maintaining healthy blood pressure levels.
Hypertension or high blood pressure is a measurement of the force against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps blood through your body. People with high blood pressure have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and other medical conditions.
Blood pressure readings are usually given as two numbers, systolic blood pressure (top number) and diastolic blood pressure (bottom number).
Many factors can affect blood pressure, including:
Most of the time, there are no symptoms. For most patients, high blood pressure is found when they visit their healthcare provider. Because there are no symptoms, people can develop heart disease and kidney problems because they live with unmanaged high blood pressure.
The goal of treatment is to reduce blood pressure so you have a lower risk of complications. You and your healthcare provider should set a blood pressure goal, implementing lifestyle changes to help you reach a normal range.
You can do many things to help control your blood pressure, including:
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