April 20, 2013, 4:30 PM - April 21, 2013, 12:30 PM
Why should I check my blood pressure regularly...?
You should get your blood pressure checked regularly because high blood pressure is a silent killer. There are often no symptoms of this potentially deadly condition. So while you’re going about your day, high blood pressure could be damaging your arteries, your heart, and other organs. The nasty consequences of leaving high blood pressure untreated include stroke, kidney damage, and even erectile dysfunction.
Your risk of high blood pressure increases with age. If you smoke, are obese, are physically inactive, or have diabetes or high cholesterol, you may also be at an increased risk. The good news is that a blood pressure test is quick and painless and can be done at most any doctor’s office, hospital, or clinic. You may also be a candidate for using a home monitoring device. Talk with your doctor about checking your blood pressure at home.