Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a leading cause of heart disease and strokes.
Hypertension is actually the number two cause of kidney failure in this country. Hypertension occurs when that top number, or systolic blood pressure, is greater than or equal to 140; and when that bottom number, the diastolic blood pressure, is greater than or equal to 90.
While there are many symptoms of hypertension such as chest pain, shortness of breath, confusion, blurry vision, the most common symptom of hypertension is nothing.
You can have no symptoms. That is why hypertension is known as the silent killer, and it is important to see your doctor regularly to get the blood pressure screened.