One of the most dangerous aspects of high blood pressure is that it can reach serious stages before any symptoms appear. Some patients experience headaches, nosebleeds, or shortness of breath. Unfortunately, there’s no pattern or predictability to these. Usually, they don’t occur until high blood pressure reaches a dangerous stage.
Blood pressure testing is easy and free of any side effects. Everyone 18 years old and older should receive a medically supervised blood pressure test at least every 2 years. Those over 40 may want to check their blood pressure more often, as should anyone with 1 or more risk factors that increase the odds of developing hypertension. Health resource centers offer blood pressure screenings, and these are a terrific resource. You can’t over-check blood pressure. Automatic blood pressure readers, such as those found in drug stores and pharmacies are a good resource. However, since arm cuff size is crucial for accurate results, these are less reliable than a test administered by Dr. Kainth or a clinic nurse.
Many factors increase the risk of developing high blood pressure. These include:
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