High blood pressure (hypertension) is a condition where the pressure with which the blood is pumped through the arteries of the body at a higher pressure than normal.
A person may feel fine, but the high pressures when uncontrolled, can be slowly killing someone. Chronic high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) increases the risk of developing several conditions like stroke, heart attack and heart failure (a condition where the heart does not pump normally). In addition, hypertension is a leading cause for kidney failure and can lead to dialysis. Despite all of the potential health problems associated with hypertension, there is hope. One can often lessen or prevent one’s need to use blood pressure medication with everyday long-term lifestyle changes.