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Local doctors urge you to know your blood pressure numbers

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 67,000,000 American adults have high blood pressure. That's why May has been deemed High Blood Pressure Education Month.

Irving Schwartz, a doctor with Blessing Physician Services, says high blood pressure is known as the silent killer. That's because if you have it you probably don't know it since there aren't any symptoms.

Schwartz says many things can lead to high blood pressure, such as poor diet and stress.

"Stress is a major, one of the major contributors to high blood pressure," Schwartz said. "It's difficult to quantitate, you know because we all have stress in our life. But there are some people who just have stress induced high blood pressure."

Schwartz says even sleep apnea could lead to high blood pressure.

"Can be a contributing cause to the development of high blood pressure during day time, day light hours because the body's under stress at night," Schwartz said. "So that gets back to the stress issue, chronic stress."

Doctor Schwartz says if you have high blood pressure you shouldn't ignore it. If untreated, high blood pressure could lead to kidney disease and an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
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