High blood pressure.
The Silent Killer.
Whatever you call it, the condition, which affects nearly half of American adults (116 million people), is very common and potentially very dangerous.
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And even though it can negatively impact nearly every one of your organs, you could have hypertension and not be showing any signs. That’s why it’s called the Silent Killer.
And that’s why you should regularly get blood pressure screenings. Consider having it checked every time you have a medical appointment of any kind.
Left undiscovered and untreated, high blood pressure can increase your risk for:
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Kidney failure
- Vision loss
- Aortic dissection (a tear in a major artery carrying blood from the heart)
Whether they do not know they have it or just are not doing anything about it, four out of five people with hypertension do not have that hypertension under control.
Know your number (anything over 130/80 is too high). And get treatment before it damages your health.
Black adults experience a higher prevalence of hypertension than white adults.