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Did you know that you can have high blood pressure, or hypertension, and still feel perfectly fine? The reason is because high blood pressure, in many cases, does not cause signs of illness. High blood pressure, sometimes called "the silent killer," is very common in older people and a major health problem nationwide. If high blood pressure isn't controlled with changes to your lifestyle and medicine, it can lead to the following: stroke, heart disease, eye problems, kidney failure, and other health problems. High blood pressure can also cause shortness of breath during light physical activity or exercise. One reason to see your physician regularly is to have your blood pressure checked. Routine checks of your blood pressure will help pick up an early rise in blood pressure, even though you might feel fine. If there's an indication that your blood pressure is high at two or more checkups, the doctor may ask you to check your blood pressure at home at different times of the day. If the pressure stays high, even when you are relaxed, the doctor may suggest exercise, changes in your diet, and, most likely, medications. This is why it is important to track your blood pressure and record the results. You will then have a log to show your doctor and not have to rely on your memory. Get the Heart Health Journal and begin tracking your blood pressure listing the following: Beginning Stats Date Time Systolic Diastolic Pulse Heart Rate Weight Blood Sugar Measurement Weekly Stats After one year stats Then you can set goals and list steps to lower your blood pressure like changing your diet, exercising more, d cutting out alcohol. Please check with you doctor for his advice. Enough pages in this 8.5"X11" paperback book for 52 weeks of blood pressure readings. Keep track and lower those blood pressure numbers.