TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Nearly half of all adults in the United States have high blood pressure. Unfortunately, only one in every four have their condition under control. Known as the “silent killer,” the majority of people with hypertension show no signs or symptoms, therefore don’t even realize they have it.
May is High Blood Pressure Education Month. Local health experts say it is an opportunity to focus messaging and awareness on blood pressure control and stroke prevention in order to improve cardiovascular health for everyone.
“It’s important for every adult to have an annual physical exam where we would check and screen for high blood pressure,” Union Medical Group’s Dr. Audreen Singson said.
Certain physical traits and lifestyle choices can put someone at a greater risk for high blood pressure. When left untreated, the damage done to the circulatory system is a significant contributing factor for heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, vision loss and other health threats.
With proper treatment and management, blood pressure can be controlled. Talk to a health care provider about any blood pressure concerns you may have.