High blood pressure should be taken seriously

High blood pressure typically doesn’t come with warning signs, but it can lead to dangerous health issues like heart disease and stroke if left unchecked.
“West Virginia is the No. 1 state for incidence of hypertension,” said Dr. Wissam Gharib, a cardiologist at the Mon Health Heart & Vascular Center. “And only about half of the people with high blood pressure have their condition under control.”
More than four out of 10 West Virginians have high blood pressure, according to the State of Obesity, a project of the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
High blood pressure increases your risk for heart attack, stroke, chronic heart failure and kidney disease. In fact, when your blood pressure is high, you’re 4 times more likely to die from stroke and 3 times more likely to die from heart disease.
Although you can’t control all your risk factors for hypertension, you can take steps to prevent or control it and its complications.
Once you know your numbers, lowering them can be as easy as 1, 2, 3:

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