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Blood Pressure 101: Why Are Those Numbers Important?

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Why Should I Be Concerned About High Blood Pressure?
Having untreated high blood pressure increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney disease and other life-threatening illnesses. Here's an illustration showing the risks of untreated high blood pressure or hypertension.

According to DSHS:

  • People over age 55 have a 90 percent chance of developing high blood pressure.
  • People who are overweight or obese increase their risk for high blood pressure.
  • Treating high blood pressure can save your life. Lowering your blood pressure reduces your chance of heart attack by 27 percent, stroke by 38 percent, and heart failure by 55 percent.

See your medical provider for a blood pressure check. If it’s high, there are things you can do to reduce your blood pressure.

With proper attention, high blood pressure can be controlled, and even prevented.

To help prevent or reduce high blood pressure, see 8 Tips to Prevent High Blood Pressure.

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