It’s difficult to detect high blood pressure. High blood pressure (also called “hypertension”) usually doesn’t have any warning signs until it causes more serious health issues, like heart attack and heart disease, stroke, eye damage, kidney disease, and vascular dementia.
Preventing & managing high blood pressure
While there are certain risk factors for high blood pressure that you can’t control, like age and family history, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent and manage high blood pressure.
- Eat a healthy diet that’s low in salt and alcohol
- Exercise regularly and manage stress
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Don’t smoke
Here’s how Medicare can help
- Blood pressure screenings, at no cost to you, during your:
- Certain telehealth services, virtual check-ins, and E-visits. Ask your doctor or other health care provider if they offer these services.
May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month. Learn more about preventing and managing high blood pressure at CDC.gov.