About 1 in 3 U.S. adults have high blood pressure—and you could be one of them. If you haven’t checked your blood pressure lately, now’s the time to take a quick and easy test. High blood pressure usually has no signs or symptoms, but it can lead to a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure.
It’s important for you to know your blood pressure numbers, even when you’re feeling fine. Checking your blood pressure is easy because it’s covered in your “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit and yearly “wellness” visits at no cost to you.
If you have high blood pressure, you can help 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