Right now your body could be fighting off a silent killer, and you wouldn't even know it.
High blood pressure, or hypertension is a disease that has virtually no symptoms, and can be deadly if it's not treated.
Over time, if the force of your blood flow is too high, the tissue that makes up the walls of your arteries can become stretched beyond their healthy limit. This can increase your risk of anything from heart disease, stroke, or early death.
Many people have high blood pressure for years without knowing it. But when it goes untreated it damages arteries, and vital organs throughout your body. According to the center for disease control, about 68 million people are living with high blood pressure today and each year this silent killer is the leading cause of death across the U.S., and as those numbers continue to increase local health officials want to urge you to use accountability when monitoring your health.
"That's our mentality... if I don't see it then it doesn't happen. So to actually see those numbers, and know that someone else has seen it, and to know that there a nurse, or a doctor that's going to see this, there's some accountability that goes along with that, and they'll actually start to participate more in their health care." said Frank Ketterman, a registered nurse at the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital.
If you are worried about your blood pressure, health officials want to urge you to see your go see your doctor, and maintain a healthy routine of diet and exercise.
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