The Silent Killer: High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
High blood pressure will do very bad things to you. It can cause kidney failure, blindness, brain damage and heart attacks. It can kill or disable you. And the frightening part is that you never feel a thing. This is why high blood pressure is known as the “silent killer.” If high blood pressure caused you to break out in purple spots or caused your elbows to hurt, you’d pay attention immediately. But the majority of people who have high blood pressure (also called hypertension) have no idea there is a problem. Their hypertension is often discovered during a routine physical or at a health fair where free blood pressure checks are available.