HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
is also referred to as high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force of
blood pushing against the walls of your arteries, which carry blood from your
heart to other parts of your body. If blood pressure stays high for a long
time, it can damage your heart and raise your risk for heart disease and
What are the Signs and
There are no signs or symptoms for
hypertension and many people are unaware they have it. Regularly have your
blood pressure checked by your doctor or pharmacist.
What are the Risk Factors?
blood pressure is often preventable by reducing your risk. You cannot change
certain risk factors such as age, race, gender or family history. However, you
can change the following:
- unhealthy diet;
- physical inactivity;
- tobacco use;
you already have high blood pressure your doctor may prescribe medications and
lifestyle changes that can help you.
more information and tools on hypertension, its associated risk factors and how
to control your risk, visit the following:
Definition from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention