High blood pressure affects one in three adults. However, many don’t know they have it because symptoms usually don’t manifest until the condition becomes severe, giving high blood pressure the name “silent killer.”
Blood pressure is the force at which blood presses against artery walls, moving the blood through your body. High blood pressure is defined as being above 140/90, and it has negative health effects that can become serious. It damages artery walls by hardening and weakening them, encouraging plaque to build up. It can weaken and enlarge the heart by making it do more work. High blood pressure also puts people at serious risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and diabetes, contributing to almost 1,000 deaths each day.