High blood pressure or hypertension is a silent killer that increases your risk of stroke and heart disease and causes serious health complications if left unchecked.
Most people with high blood pressure feel normal (i.e. no headaches or tightness in the neck, etc.), even when their blood pressure is moderately high. Thus, many are not even aware that they have hypertension. This is why you should have your blood pressure checked at least once a year and more frequently if you are on medication.
Blood pressure measures how hard the heart has to work to pump blood through the arteries. According to the Health Promotion Board, high blood pressure affects more than half of Singaporeans aged 60 to 69 and one in five aged 18 to 69. You have hypertension if your blood pressure reading is 140/90 mmHg or higher in the clinic.
If you have a home blood pressure set, you should check your blood pressure regularly, and record it. Blood pressure varies throughout the day, and taking your pressureRead More »from Is hypertension putting your eyes at risk?