Hypertension (aka high blood pressure) is a common yet potentially dangerous concern. Because it often has no noticeable symptoms, it's important to know your risk factors — and take steps to reduce them.
Hypertension is super sneaky: typically, it has no symptoms. Due to its "silent" nature, it's a good idea to check your blood pressure regularly to make sure it's within a healthy range. When left untreated, it can lead to a host of serious health issues, including heart attack, chronic kidney disease, and stroke.
High blood pressure has a few different causes. The most common factors include:
Understanding your blood pressure readings is key to controlling hypertension. Let's take a look at the numbers and what they mean:
For most people, the goal is to get their blood pressure between 100-129/60-79. However, your provider may recommend a different goal based on your other medical conditions.
Several factors can affect your blood pressure reading. To get the most accurate results, keep these tips in mind:
For some, improving exercise and eating habits is enough to get their blood pressure within a healthy range. Others may need to start one or more medications to treat their hypertension. Here are some healthy habits for keeping your blood pressure in range:
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