There’s a reason it’s often called the “silent killer” Most of the time, high blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) has no obvious symptoms to indicate
that something’s wrong. The best ways to protect yourself are being aware of the risks and making changes that matter.
High blood pressure often has no signs or symptoms
Nearly 20 percent of people with high blood pressure — one out of every five — don’t even know they have it.
High blood pressure develops slowly over time and can be related to many causes.
High blood pressure cannot be cured. However, it can be managed very effectively through lifestyle changes and, when needed, medication.
Recognize your risks Being aware of your risk factors —
the physical and lifestyle attributes that can make you more likely to develop high blood pressure — can help you identify changes you can make to avoid the threats to
your health that can result from your blood pressure being too high for too long.
Put yourself to the test Is your blood pressure increasing your risks for serious medical problems? Use our risk calculator to learn your likelihood of
heart attack, stroke, heart failure and kidney disease — and how simple changes can make a difference.
This content was last reviewed October 2016.
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