Veterans: Do You Have High Blood Pressure?

Veterans: Do You Have High Blood Pressure?



Man in scrubs taking a woman's blood pressure

 

Time to find out. And do something about it.

An estimated 68 million American adults have high blood pressure. That’s about one in every three US adults.

High Blood Pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, leading causes of death in the United States.

High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because it often has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people don’t realize they have it. That’s why it’s important to get your blood pressure checked regularly.

Veterans should ask their VA health care provider what their blood pressure is and write it down.

Keep track of your blood pressure numbers with the log at the MyHealtheVet website.

High Blood Pressure often has no warning signs or symptoms.

Why is high blood pressure dangerous?

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against your blood vessels. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it is called hypertension.

diagram of a blood vessel: Blood pressure is the measurement of force applied to artery walls

 


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Reviewed/Updated Date: May 11, 2012

Source Article from http://www.va.gov/health/NewsFeatures/20120514a.asp

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