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There is a reason they call it “the silent killer.” High blood pressure doesn’t have any symptoms.  It’s hard enough to get a guy to see the doctor if he has actual symptoms, such as headaches, stomach aches or back aches. But with hypertension, you feel fine; you’re not aware of the constant pounding your heart is taking.

Finally, a bit of encouraging news. Health surveys of over 24 thousand American adults from 1999 to 2008 show that the percentage of adults with high blood pressure is holding steady. More people are taking action (medication) to control the problem:

While the piece by Meredith Melnick is encouraging, one wonders how long it will take to get our obesity epidemic under control.