Baton Rouge, LA (NBC 33/ Fox 44)
May is not only National Stroke Awareness Month. It’s also Blood Pressure Awareness Month. Recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show one in three American adults has high blood pressure and many of them don’t even know it. Health experts say, of the patients who do know they have high blood pressure or “hypertension”, only about half of them have the condition well-managed.
Doctors at the Cardiovascular Institute of the South tell us that left unchecked, high blood pressure can damage blood vessels, which can lead to damage to the heart and other organs. increasing your risk of stroke or heart attack….which is one of the reasons why it’s known as a “silent killer”.
“It’s a silent killer killer because a lot of people don’t have much symptoms with hypertension,” CIS’s Dr. Niksad Abraham told us. “Sometimes people have a mild headache of dizzy spells.” But sometimes they have no symptoms at all.
Dr. Abraham says it’s important to visit your primary care physician on a regular basis… and have your blood pressure checked. Knowing your numbers and taking steps to keep them in check, especially if they’re already too high, can often mean the difference between life and death.
In next week’s Heartbeat Report, we’ll take a look at some of the lifestyle changes that can help those with higher blood pressure lower it. So be sure to join us Thursday night’s at ten p.m. on NBC Local 33.