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Why You Need to Treat High Blood Pressure

An important part of taking care of yourself is keeping your blood pressure under control.

It's sometimes called "the silent killer" because high blood pressure (HBP) has no symptoms, so you may not be aware that it's damaging your arteries, heart and other organs.

You may not feel that anything is wrong, but high blood pressure can permanently damage your heart, brain, eyes and kidneys before you feel anything. High blood pressure can often lead to heart attack and heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other health consequences.

The longer it's left untreated, the more serious its complications can become. But there is also a clear pathway to help you manage high blood pressure and enjoy the many benefits of a healthy heart.

When blood pressure is not well controlled, you are at risk for:

  • Bleeding from the aorta, the large blood vessel that supplies blood to the abdomen, pelvis and legs
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Heart attack and heart failure
  • Poor blood supply to the legs
  • Stroke
  • Problems with your vision

The information on this page was compiled by the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Quality from a variety of sources, including (but not limited to) American Heart Association, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This information summarizes core care elements appropriate to most adults. This information should not be construed as representing standards of care nor as a substitute for individualized evaluation and treatment on clinical circumstances by a qualified health care professional.
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For more information on this complex health issue, please see the High Blood Pressure Links page for resources and sources of information.

An initiative of the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Quality and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with additional funding provided by HealthInsight New Mexico