High blood pressure is called the "silent killer" because it often does not have any signs or symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 3 adults is living with this "silent killer".
What is high blood pressure?
Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of the arteries. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is anything higher than 140/90mmHg (normal blood pressure is 120/80mmHg). When high blood pressure is not treated, it can lead to other problems like heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure.
What can I do during a
disaster to protect my
It is important to take your medication at the same time each day. This might be hard to do in an emergency, so you should plan ahead.
How can a disaster affect my
health if I have high blood
You might have to evacuate or shelterin- place during an emergency. If you are not prepared, you may run out of medicine. If you stop taking your medicine, you can get headaches, an increase in blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, heart failure, or kidney failure.
- Do you have a special medical need?
- Are you under the care of a doctor for any reason?
- You should have a Health Information Card to carry in an emergency.
Keep the Health Information Card in your wallet or pocket. If you don’t speak English well, ask your doctor or nurse to help you fill out the Health Information card.
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