Top symptoms include:
- Blood pressure of 140/90 or higher
- Dull headaches
- Shortness of breath on exertion
About one in three Americans has high blood pressure. Unfortunately, while some people have symptoms such as those listed above -- or a pounding in the chest or head, fatigue, or confusion -- many others have none at all. That's why it's dubbed the "silent killer." Yet left untreated, high blood pressure increases your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, dementia, and blindness. Annual blood pressure checks are the best way to detect the disease. Once caught, it can be controlled with lifestyle changes (including weight loss, exercising, and reducing the amount of salt and alcohol in your diet) and medications.
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