Do you know the state of your blood pressure?
Many people have high blood pressure, also called HBP or hypertension, for years without knowing it. Most of the time, there are no symptoms, but when high blood pressure goes untreated, it damages arteries and vital organs throughout the body. That's why high blood pressure is often called the "silent killer."
There is good news! High blood pressure is treatable.
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Don't make the mistake of assuming symptoms will alert you to the problem of high blood pressure. Find out about the symptoms myths and understand why HBP is called the "silent killer."
- How HBP is Diagnosed
Although the only way to tell if you have HBP is to have it checked, the test can be done easily, quickly and painlessly. Upon diagnosis by a healthcare professional, HBP can usually be managed through lifestyle changes and, when prescribed, medication.
- Home Monitoring & Recording
Because blood pressure can fluctuate, home monitoring and recording of blood pressure readings can provide your healthcare provider with valuable information to determine whether you really have high blood pressure and, if you do, whether your treatment plan is working.
- Choosing a Monitor
The American Heart Association recommends an automatic, cuff-style, bicep (upper-arm) monitor. Discover our recommendations for selecting an accurate blood pressure monitor to suit your needs.
- How to Measure
Accurate home recording can help you in your partnership with your healthcare providers. Learn and follow these simple steps for taking accurate home measurements.
- Instructional Video
You'll know you're doing your part when are certain about the instructions. Watch this video demonstrating accurate home monitoring to help you get started tracking your numbers correctly.
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This content was last reviewed on 08/04/2014.