High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure develops when the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels is consistently too high. About 1 out of every 3 adults in the U.S. (75 million people) suffer from high blood pressure (cdc.gov).
What makes high blood pressure particularly life-threatening is its lack of warning signs. Individuals suffering from it often have no symptoms, which is why routine health screenings are so important. You may experience frequent headaches, shortness of breath or nosebleeds but these symptoms are not specific. To be sure, you should make an appointment with an SIHF medical provider to have your blood pressure checked.
When left untreated, high blood pressure can result in the following serious health complications:
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Kidney disease or failure
- Vision loss
- Sexual dysfunction
- Frequent chest pain
- Narrowing of arteries in your legs, arms, stomach and head - causing pain or fatigue.
If you’re diagnosed with high blood pressure you may start to wonder how you developed it in the first place. Risk factors can include unhealthy lifestyle habits, age, family history and/or genetics, even race and ethnicity.
The best protection from the health risks associated withhigh blood pressure is to know your numbers. Have your blood pressure checked during your regular healthcare visits. And if you don’t see your medical provider regularly, now is the time to start.
By paying attention to your health, you can know, understand, and focus on risks such as high blood pressure. Act now - schedule a visit with one of our local SIHF Healthcare professionals and get your blood pressure checked; it’s that easy. Our providers are dedicated to making sure you fully understand the seriousness of this condition. They will help you manage your high blood pressure and will also offer guidance to prevent the onset of this illness.
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