A Registered Nurse with Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health says high blood pressure, or Hypertension, is often genetic.
She says being overweight can also be a cause, and its more common among smokers.
There are ways to avoid high blood pressure, one is limiting the salt in your diet.
Free screenings are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health. All you have to do is call to schedule the appointment.
Nurse Naomi Friesz says, "Hypertension is called the silent killer, because people don’t realize they have it. There’s often times no obvious symptoms until they get into crisis mode sometimes, with the headaches, and the dizziness and almost a stroke-type situation."
Friesz says the electronic blood pressure monitoring machines at pharmacies and other stores work just fine as well, as long as you take a few minutes to rest after shopping, before taking a reading.
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