Do you have a minute to keep your heart and kidneys healthy? Getting a fast (less than a minute) and simple test can tell you if your blood pressure is too high. High blood pressure usually has no signs or symptoms, but it can lead to a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. Medicare helps make checking your blood pressure easy because it’s covered in your “Welcome to Medicare” and Yearly Wellness visits at no cost to you.
If you have high blood pressure, you can control it with lifestyle changes and medicine. You may be at risk for high blood pressure if you:
- Eat salty foods
- Don’t exercise enough
- Drink more than a moderate amount of alcohol
- Have a family history of high blood pressure
- Are overweight
May is National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month, so get tested and keep your heart and kidneys healthy!