The incidence of high blood pressure is increasing in the U.S. and could in turn lead to more heart disease and strokes in Americans in the coming years. Nearly one third of adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure according to the American Heart Association. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is associated with many complications including stroke, heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease.
Dr. Gary Rull, associate professor of internal medicine at SIU School of Medicine, says usually there are no symptoms.
Dr. Rull says a normal blood pressure reading is 120 over 80, but will vary depending on an individual’s health conditions. After receiving a diagnosis of high blood pressure from a physician, it needs to be monitored very closely.