St. Vincent’s Medical Center: High Blood Pressure and Hypertension

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) —  We are joined by Dr. Jared Selter, MD to give us a better understanding about high blood pressure and hypertension.

Here are some facts on high blood pressure:

• The only way to diagnose high blood pressure/hypertension is to have your BP tested
• The American Heart Association considers normal BP Less than 120 (systolic) and Less than 80 (diastolic). Elevated ranges from 120-129 and less than 80.
• High BP is often called the silent killer because there are no obvious symptoms to indicate anything is wrong.
• HBP risk factors include: family history, age, gender (men are more likely to have high BP than women until age 64), African Americans are at higher risk and have more complications, kidney disease, sleep apnea
• Average age of diagnosis 20-50
• High BP/Hypertension puts your health at risk and can lead to: heart attack—by damaging arteries and prevent blood flowing into tissues in the heart muscle–Stroke, heart failure, kidney disease or failure,
• Most common complication is stroke, kidney failure, heart failure, heart attack, blindness, erectile dysfunction

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