High blood pressure (or Hypertension) is defined in an adult as a blood pressure greater than or equal to 140/90 mmHg. According to recent estimates, nearly one in three US adults has high blood pressure, but because there are no symptoms nearly one-third of these people do not know they have it. In fact, many people have high blood pressure for years without knowing it.
Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure. This is why high blood pressure is often called "The Silent Killer." The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked.
Get the facts on high blood pressure and how to live a heart-healthier life. Find out how you can reduce your risks for heart attack and stroke with proper monitoring by a healthcare provider and simple lifestyle changes, even if you have high blood pressure.
Find out more about hypertension at the American Heart Association.
The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency to help reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.