High blood pressure can affect the brain, eyes, heart, and kidneys. If you have high blood pressure that is not being treated, you have a higher risk of having a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and blindness.
Here are some tips to lower your risk for problems:
Know your blood pressure level. Normal blood pressure is lower than 120/80 mmHg. Get your blood pressure checked at least once every 2 years if it is normal. If it is higher than normal, ask your doctor how often you should have it checked.
Know your risk. You are more likely to get high blood pressure if you are older than 65, are African American , or have parents or grandparents who have high blood pressure. You also have a higher risk if you are overweight or have diabetes. If any of these things are true for you, ask your doctor how often you should have your blood pressure checked.
If you take drugs to control your blood pressure, take them as directed by your doctor.
If you are a woman, limit alcohol to no more than 1 drink a day. Men should have no more than 2 drinks a day.
Remember: Sometimes you can’t tell if you have high blood pressure. You may need to have your doctor check it. Until next time ……