Heart Health Series: High Blood Pressure

February is National Heart Health Month and we continue our series today with a look at hypertension, better known as high blood pressure. Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter has the details.

According to the American Heart Association, one in three adults in the U.S. suffer from hypertension, or high blood pressure. Approximately 30 percent of hypertension cases may be attributable to obesity, and that figure may be as high as 60 percent in men under the age of 45. Dr. David Walker with Big Horn Mountain Medicine in Sheridan says that left undetected, high blood pressure can lead to a number of serious health issues including stroke; heart attack; heart failure; and peripheral artery disease.

Walker said there are no signs or symptoms of high blood pressure, and that when left untreated, it can cause significant damage to the heart and other areas of the body.

We’ll have more information on high blood pressure and what you can do to help keep it in check in a later story.