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High blood pressure usually has no warning signs or symptoms. That’s why it is so important to have your blood pressure checked at each visit with your health care provider or specialist. If untreated, high blood pressure can damage your kidneys or cause a heart attack or stroke. In this video, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico Medical Director Aiden O’Rourke, M.D., shares a message for every adult about blood pressure.
Learn more about heart health and high blood pressure.
Hello, I’m Dr. Aiden O’Rourke, a medical director at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, with a message for every adult about blood pressure.
While it’s possible to feel when our heart is beating fast, we may not know if we have high blood pressure.
High blood pressure usually has no warning signs or symptoms.
Untreated high blood pressure can cause blindness, memory changes, kidney damage, heart attack or stroke.
Even if your blood pressure has been less than 120 over 80, blood pressure can change over time.
Having your blood pressure checked may be lifesaving!
That’s why it is so important to have your blood pressure checked at each visit with your health care provider or specialist.
If diagnosed with high blood pressure, see your provider regularly, at least twice a year to ensure any medications or other treatments are keeping your blood pressure in a normal range.
Ask if you need to be screened for diabetes too.
You can also talk to your provider if you need help quitting smoking or limiting alcohol use.
The good news is that each of us can make daily decisions that help our blood pressure.
Make exercise a part of your routine.
Eat a healthy diet that is low in salt, fat and cholesterol.
Stay at a healthy weight or lose weight if needed.
For better health, take time to schedule a visit with your provider!
As always, remember to talk to your health care provider about any health questions or concerns you may have.
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