Chief Medical Officer Recommends Regular Blood Pressure Checkups

High blood pressure usually has no warning signs or symptoms. That’s why it is so important to have your blood pressure checked at each visit with your health care provider or specialist. If untreated, high blood pressure can damage your kidneys or cause a heart attack or stroke. In this video, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Chief Medical Officer Dr. Derek Robinson shares a message for every adult about blood pressure.

Learn more about heart health and high blood pressure.

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Hello, I’m Dr. Derek Robinson, Chief Medical Officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, with a message about high blood pressure. The most common symptom of high blood pressure is…no symptom at all. And that’s why it’s so important to have your blood pressure checked at each visit with your health care provider or specialist. Even if your blood pressure has been normal at prior visits, keep in mind that blood pressure can change over time especially as we age. And if untreated, high blood pressure can increase your risk of experiencing a heart attack or stroke and may lead to long-term damage to your kidneys. Now, if you’re diagnosed with high blood pressure, see your health care provider regularly…at least twice a year to ensure the medications or treatments you’re on are keeping your blood pressure in a normal range. Also, ask your health care provider if you need to be screened for diabetes. Each of us can make daily decisions that help to improve our blood pressure, such as eating a healthy diet, regular exercise, stopping smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight. Having your blood pressure checked may be lifesaving. So take action now and schedule your next visit. And as always, remember to talk to your health care provider about any health questions or concerns you may have.

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