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Everyone has and needs blood pressure, but high blood pressure is a disease. According to the American Heart Association, 1 in every 3 adults has high blood pressure, also known as HBP or hypertension. The reality is that if you don’t have high blood pressure, someone you know probably does. The good news is that high blood pressure is preventable and correctable. Texas Health wants to make sure you know about this common disease and what it can do to your body if left untreated.

Unfortunately, even though hypertension is common, it is widely misunderstood. Hypertension doesn’t mean that a person is hyper, tense, or stressed. In fact, a person can be a calm, laid-back person and still have high blood pressure. Many people have high blood pressure for years without knowing it. Most of the time, there are no symptoms, but when high blood pressure goes untreated, it damages arteries and vital organs throughout the body. That's why high blood pressure is often called the "silent killer."

To help prevent this silent disease from taking a toll on you, it’s important to get your blood pressure checked during your annual physical exam. The best defense against high blood pressure is to learn your numbers. Getting a blood pressure reading is painless and takes only a few seconds, so don’t put it off. Click here to download a free tool to help you understand your blood pressure readings. You may also want to bring a list of questions to your doctor appointment. Download this handy chart to help you remember the information given and to keep track of your needs.

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