High Blood Pressure is also known as the “Silent Killer” because many people don’t realize they have it.
Understanding High Blood Pressure
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, high blood pressure is defined as blood pressure greater than 140/90.
Readings and levels
Manage your blood pressure better by knowing the meaning behind the numbers.
Symptoms of High Blood Pressure
There are NO obvious signs and symptoms. Rarely, you may have headaches, shortness of breath or nose bleeds, but these signs and symptoms aren’t specific and usually do not occur until high blood pressure has reached a severe or life threatening stage. You can have HBP for years without knowing it.
Consequences of Untreated High Blood Pressure
Chronic HBP can eventually lead to serious complications, including stroke, heart disease, kidney failure and blindness.
- National Institute of Heart, Lung and Blood
- American Heart Association (AHA). (2016). Don’t Let Your Heart Quit! Control Your Blood Pressure