What Are the Signs and Symptoms of High Blood Pressure?
High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because it usually has no warning signs or symptoms. People can have high blood pressure for years without any symptoms – even when blood pressure readings reach dangerously high levels or injury is occurring gradually over time.
What Can Cause High Blood Pressure?
High blood pressure usually develops over time and becomes more common as we age. Contributing factors may include smoking cigarettes, alcohol consumption, lack of physical activity and/or having a family history of hypertension. Certain health conditions, such as being overweight or having diabetes, may also increase your chances of developing hypertension.
Steps to Reduce Your Risk of High Blood Pressure
Maintaining your heart health is a lifelong commitment. In addition to following the guidance of your physician or health care provider, here are a few steps people can take that may lower their risk of developing high blood pressure: