One out of every three Americans has high blood pressure. It is more common in African Americans and in senior adults. It is the most common medical diagnosis in the U.S., and accounts for 35 million doctor visits each year. It is one of the ten most expensive health conditions for U.S. employers.
High blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease and stroke, and can cause kidney disease and blindness. You may not realize you have high blood pressure, because you may not see any visible symptoms. That's why it is important to have your blood pressure checked.
If your blood pressure is below 120/80 mm Hg, have it checked at least every two years, starting at age 20. If your blood pressure is higher, your health care provider may want you to have it checked more frequently.
The Phelps-Maries County Health Department offers free blood pressure screenings on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
You can usually control high blood pressure with lifestyle changes like eating healthier foods and getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Talk to your health care provider before starting a new exercise routine. Your provider may also prescribe medication to help you lower your blood pressure.
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