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High blood pressure: The silent killer

High blood pressure is often referred to as the "silent killer" because it typically has no symptoms but can lead to serious health complications if left untreated. 

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a common health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the force of blood against the walls of the arteries is too high, putting extra strain on the heart and blood vessels. 

What is High Blood Pressure?

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. Normal blood pressure is typically around 120/80 mmHg. When blood pressure consistently measures at or above 130/80 mmHg, it is considered high blood pressure. High blood pressure can damage the heart, kidneys, brain, and other organs, leading to serious health complications such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure.


Causes of High Blood Pressure

Several factors can contribute to the development of hypertension, including:


Managing High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can be managed through lifestyle changes and medication. Lifestyle changes include:


We at WellessenceMD believe that LIFESTYLE is the best medicine.  Our providers have extensive training and experience with implementing these new lifestyles to mitigate the above risk factors.  We specialize in behavioral modification, weight management and stress reduction.  Please allow us to help you navigate this confusing landscape that is your health! Contact us to see if you’re at risk! (847) 850-8185

Heidi R. McClain, NP Nurse Practitioner

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