Did you know about 1 in 3 adults in the United States has high blood pressure? You can have it for years without seeing any signs or symptoms of it. During this time, though, it can damage your heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and other parts of your body.
Not sure if you’re at risk? You may be if you:
- Eat salty foods
- Don’t exercise enough
- Drink more than a moderate amount of alcohol
- Have a family history of high blood pressure
- Are overweight
It’s important for you to know your blood pressure numbers, even when you’re feeling fine. Medicare helps make checking your blood pressure easy because it’s covered in your “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit and yearly "wellness" visits at no cost to you.
May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month. For more information on how you can combat high blood pressure, visit the Center for Disease Control’s high blood pressure web page and check out our video.