How would you know if you had hypertension?


Since hypertension often has no symptoms and may go undetected for years (it is often referred to as the silent killer), all adults should be screened for high blood pressure on an annual basis.

Seeing as high blood pressure often occurs in younger people, health care professionals should also routinely measure blood pressure in this group, especially if overweight or obese and there is a family history of hypertension.

What you should know about hypertension:

1. Hypertension is dangerous because it frequently has no symptoms.

2. Some factors and diseases increase your chances of developing hypertension which can eventually damage your heart, blood vessels, kidneys, eyes, brain and other organs.

3. You CAN reduce your risk with lifestyle modification.

For more on this condition visit the Hypertension Centre

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