May is National High Blood Pressure Education month – and if you haven’t been screened for high blood pressure in a long time, here is your wakeup call. It’s time to get into your doctor or health care facility and have your blood pressure measured.
Over 67 million people – that’s about one out of every three U.S. adults – have high blood pressure. The condition makes your heart work harder than it should have to in order to pump blood through your body and keep your vital organs and systems running smoothly. Blood pressure measures the force of the blood on the walls of your blood vessels.
Although in healthy people this pressure rises and decreases throughout the day, some people have chronic high blood pressure – also called hypertension. The pressure is consistently too high and it puts strain on your arteries. With consistent strain, they could fail and cause a heart attack or a stroke.