High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) has been called the “silent killer” because it often doesn’t present any symptoms, and you may have no idea you have hypertension until your doctor finds it (adding to the importance of getting a physical on a regular basis – annually from around age 50).
Symptoms sometimes aren’t obvious until your blood pressure is dangerously high, and in some cases, you may suffer a medical episode first before the underlying cause is determined as hypertension. Let’s have a closer look at 12 things to know about high blood pressure, and how to manage it…
1. Defining Hypertension
Healthline.com notes that blood pressure is a measure of “how much blood is passing through your blood vessels and the amount of resistance the blood meets while the heart is pumping.”
Basically, narrowing arteries cause the pressure to increase, and that can lead to health problems such as heart disease down the line. If your doctor tells you that you have high blood pressure, then your blood pressure is at unhealthy levels that need to be managed, it adds. An eye-opening statistic from the source is that about 50-percent of American adults will be diagnosed with hypertension under updated diagnostic guidelines.