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High blood pressure (HBP) or hypertension dramatically increases your risk of developing heart and artery disease. This can lead to heart attacks, strokes, erectile dysfunction, and kidney and heart failure.
According to a 2023 report from the American Heart Association, nearly half of Americans older than age 20 – or more than 122 million people – currently have high blood pressure, and many don’t even know they have it.
Hypertension is often called the “silent killer” because only the lucky ones feel bad when their pressure is up. Most of the time, there are no symptoms, or the symptoms of headache, nausea, dizziness, swollen ankles, and sluggish kidney function are not properly attributed to blood pressure readings. Simply getting your pressure checked, and checked often starting as a teenager, might just save your life.
Blood pressure levels and what they mean (as of the 2023 guidelines)
The top number is the systolic blood pressure. The bottom number is the diastolic pressure, and they are usually read as one number “over” a second number.