Chronic Conditions

Chronic Conditions

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is known as a silent killer, especially in women, because it can come on suddenly and has little or no symptoms. If left untreated it can lead to more serious conditions like heart attack or stroke. According to the American Heart Association, risk factors for high blood pressure are primarily health habits and family history. That’s why it is important to remain active and to get your blood pressure checked often. It is typically done at any routine medical exam. Not to mention, most people feel healthy and are without symptoms even when they have high blood pressure. The only way to find out is to get your blood pressure checked regularly.

What to do?

There are also basic recommendations depending on your current blood pressure:

A clinical check every 2 years if blood pressure reading < 120/80 mm Hg,

or

A clinical check yearly if systolic blood pressure reading of 120 to 139 mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure reading of 80 to 89 mm Hg.

If you have questions about heart disease, please contact our AIM Health physicians today. Meanwhile, here’s an easy-to-read heart disease infographic for understanding the condition, your risks, and how to treat it.

 

*sources for screening and content include: Johns Hopkins Medicine