High Blood Pressure

Written by James Lyons
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Recent estimates show that nearly one in three American adults has high blood pressure. What's more frightening is that one third of the American adults with high blood pressure don't know they have high blood pressure. This ailment has very few symptoms so people can walk around with high blood pressure for years and never know it. This is why it's important for everyone to get a full physical at least once a year.

Even if you're uninsured, you can still get your blood pressure taken. A number of pharmacies have blood pressure machines that will calculate your blood pressure for free. You can also hit the local free clinic and see if a nurse will take your blood pressure. If gone undetected, high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, hear disease and heart failure.

Consequences of Hypertension

High blood pressure is often referred to as the "silent killer." Unlike most illnesses, high blood pressure doesn't reveal itself through overt symptoms like a rash or fever or vomiting. It only reveals itself via a blood pressure check. Some people live for years with very high blood pressure and don't realize it until they suffer a heart attack or a stroke.

High blood pressure forces your heart and arteries to work harder to do the same job. The heart has to pump harder to get the blood to all the organs and the body's extremities. Over time, the heart and other organs in the body can experience significant, irreversible damage as a result of high blood pressure. One way to relieve high blood pressure is to practice proper breathing, which improves circulation and can help relieve strain on the body.


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