Blood Pressure / Hypertension

Blood pressure is the result of two forces. One is created by the as it pushes blood into the arteries and through the circulatory system. The other is the force of the arteries as they resist the blood flow. About 10 percent of the adult population is known to have high blood pressure or hypertension. But there are many who have high blood pressure and do not know it.

Hypertension is often referred to as "the silent killer": until it is extremely advanced and a lot of damage has been done, there are no symptoms. The only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked. Your doctor, or other qualified health professionals should check your blood pressure at least every two years.

You can find further information here: The American Heart Association Website