Know Your Health Numbers
Nearly 74 million US adults have high blood pressure—and approximately 20% of them don’t know they have it. If you’re one of the people who has it and doesn’t know it, you may be at risk for developing serious health complications in the future.
Untreated high blood pressure can lead to:
Stroke : 77% of people who have a first stroke have blood pressure higher than 140/90 mm Hg.
A stroke may be caused by a rupture or blockage of an artery that supplies blood and oxygen to your brain.
Heart Attack : 69% of people who have a first heart attack have blood pressure higher than 140/90 mm Hg.
A heart attack occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to your heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely.
Heart Failure : 74% of people who have congestive heart failure have blood pressure higher than 140/90 mm Hg.
This is a serious condition where your heart cannot pump enough blood for your body’s needs.
Kidney Failure High blood pressure can thicken and narrow the blood vessels of the kidney, resulting in less fluid being filtered and wastes building up in your body.
High blood pressure can be lowered and managed with lifestyle changes, and, if necessary, medication. If you don’t know what your blood pressure is, schedule an appointment with a healthcare professional to find out.