High Blood Pressure (cont.)
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How Do You Prevent High Blood Pressure?
High blood pressure may be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle, including some of the following:
What Is the Prognosis for High Blood Pressure?
Lifelong control of hypertension will minimize the risk of developing heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and a variety of other illnesses. Unlike other illnesses in which medications are taken for only a short period of time, high blood pressure medication is usually expected to be taken for the rest of the individual's life. It is uncommon, but not rare, that significant lifestyle changes can lower blood pressure readings to normal.
Untreated or poorly controlled high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure. That is why high blood pressure is called "the silent killer."
High Blood Pressure Testing Picture
Media file 1: Blood pressure measurement. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms. The only way to tell whether you have high blood pressure is to perform a quick, painless test using a device called a sphygmomanometer. This instrument consists of a gauge and a rubber cuff that's placed around your arm or leg and inflated. The doctor or nurse uses a stethoscope to listen for the appearance and disappearance of sound produced by the pulse in your elbow region. That's how the systolic and diastolic blood pressures are determined.
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Medically reviewed by Robert J. Bryg, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Cardiovascular Disease
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/17/2016
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