High blood pressure is often called the “silent killer”.
Most of the time, high blood pressure, or hypertension, has no obvious symptoms.
So with no symptoms, we rarely think to check our blood pressure.
Why do you think every time you enter a doctors office, one of the first things they do is check your blood pressure.
It’s because your blood pressure reading can uncover potentially serious health issues.
So in this video, I give you eight different reasons why you should check your blood pressure on a regular basis.
1. Because You Need an Early Warning for Potential Heart Problems.
It’s important to get an accurate blood pressure reading, so that you have a clearer picture of your risk for heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the U.S.
High blood pressure is at the root of heart disease and, if left untreated, it can cause serious organ damage.
ThE sooner you catch the disease, the easier it is to treat it.
So checking our blood pressure regularly is an early detection warning system.
2. Because Heart Disease Often Has No Symptoms.
You can’t rely on symptoms to tell if you have heart disease.
Often there are no symptoms, which is why it’s known as the “silent killer.”
Measuring our blood pressure allows you to potentially catch a health problem in its early stages before it turns into a very serious heart condition or other illness.
3. Because there are New Blood Pressure Guidelines.
New blood pressure guidelines have been released.
The new guidelines were created by a committee including members from the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and nine other partners.
These new blood pressure guidelines can catch problems that can occur at lower blood pressure numbers.
Under the new blood pressure guidelines, 46 percent of the United States population will show up as having some type of high blood pressure.
It will catch potential heart health issues faster in younger people.
4. Because Your Family Might Have a History of High Blood Pressure
Your family might have a history of high blood pressure.
If high blood pressure runs in your family, you’re at an increased risk of developing it, too.
The more family members you have with high blood pressure before the age of 60, the stronger the family history of high blood pressure.
Blood relatives tend to have many of the same genes that can predispose a person to high blood pressure, heart disease, or stroke.
5. Because If You’re African American, You Are In a Higher Risk Group
If you are African American, you are at a higher risk of high blood pressure.
African American men and women are more likely to develop high blood pressure than people of any other race in the U.S., according to the American Heart Association.
6. Because as You Get Older, Your Blood Pressure Rises.
If you are older, your risk of high blood pressure increases.
Getting older is great, but unfortunately the older you are, the higher your risk of developing high blood pressure.
As you get older, your blood vessels become less elastic, which can increase your blood pressure, potentially resulting in serious heart conditions.
So older people need to check their blood pressure more frequently.
7. Because High Stress Lifestyles Usually Suffer from Poor Heart Health Habits
If you live a high stress life or have a high stress job, you are at a higher risk of having high blood pressure.
Experiencing stress can raise your blood pressure temporarily, however, if you experience high stress all the time, it can lead to unhealthy lifestyle responses that can cause serious heart problems.
People who experience lots of high stress often smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol and eat unhealthy foods.
All three of these activities cause high blood pressure, and potential serious illnesses.
8. If you are obese, you are highly likely to experience high blood pressure.
In fact, obesity is one of the biggest risk factors for hypertension, especially in younger people.
Excess body fat puts a strain on your heart, which can cause your blood pressure to rise.
According to the latest statistics, at least 48 percent of all adults in the United States have some form of cardiovascular disease.
That’s nearly half of all Americans.
That alone should be a good enough reason to measure your blood pressure on a regular basis.
There are no symptoms for high blood pressure and so you could have it right now and not know it.
But if you have a history of high blood pressure in your family, you’re older in age or you’re obese…you’re African American or you just live a high stress life, you are at a high risk of having high blood pressure.
So be safe and start measuring your blood pressure frequently.