Why is it Important to Know Your Blood Pressure?

Dr. Angela Brown is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at Washington University School of Medicine and is Director of the Section of Hypertension. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and is certified as a Hypertension Specialist by the American Society of Hypertension.

  • According to the American Heart Association, about half of the 85 million American adults who have high blood pressure don’t have it under control. AND, new research shows that Blacks and Hispanics are less likely than whites to achieve blood pressure control. If left untreated, high blood pressure (also known as HBP or hypertension) can lead to heart attack and stroke.

  • The prevalence of high blood pressure in African Americans is among the highest in the world. It also develops earlier in life in blacks than in whites and is usually more severe. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms. That’s why it’s called the “silent killer.” The only way to know if your blood pressure is high is to have your doctor check it regularly.
  • High blood pressure has a domino effect on your health.
  • Check your blood pressure regularly.
  • Know your numbers and avoid the consequences of high blood pressure.
  • High blood pressure causes stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease, vision loss and sexual dysfunction.
  • Joining Check. Change. Control. will help you manage your blood pressure and achieve your health goals.
  • Call to Action: Visit www.heart.org/hbp and Join Check. Change. Control.
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