Stop the Silent Killer

Stop the Silent Killer

Get Your Blood Pressure Checked

Just because it’s common and easily treatable doesn’t mean high blood pressure isn’t serious. And by the way, it’s not just for old people: 7% of 18- to 39-year-olds and 32% of 40- to 59-year-olds have it.

Nearly half of all adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure (130/80 mmHg or higher) … and 20% of them don’t even know they have it.

Many people don’t even know they have high blood pressure until it’s too late, and results in death or a serious health condition, such as:

  • Stroke
  • Vision Loss
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Failure
  • Kidney Disease/Failure
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Dementia
  • Pregnancy Complications

High blood pressure has no symptoms, which is why it’s called “the Silent Killer.” Get checked by a health care professional, or do it yourself at a pharmacy, using a home blood pressure monitor or through a smartphone app. If your numbers are higher than normal (120/80 mmHg), talk to your doctor about how you can lower them.

Source: American Heart Association

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