Ask a Doc: Why is high blood pressure often called “the silent killer?”
Our answer comes from Dr. Sandeep K. Sharma of HMC Cardiovascular Specialists
Question: Why is high blood pressure often called “the silent killer?”
Answer: Hypertension is sometimes called "the silent killer" because high blood pressure may not cause symptoms, but it may continue to damage your arteries, heart and other organs. Uncontrolled high blood pressure, therefore, may lead to serious organ damage that could eventually lead to death.
Possible health consequences that can happen over time when high blood pressure is left untreated include:
But remember, these are not symptoms of high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a symptomless disease.
To make an appointment with HMC Cardiovascular Specialists call 413-534-2870.
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