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"Hypertension" or "high blood pressure" is referred to as a "silent killer." That's because many people have it, and don't know it. In this week's Eye on Health, Carla Burbidge tells us why a blood pressure check every year, is so important.

This is a scene repeated many times a day in every doctor's office, a nurse checking a patient's blood pressure. If the pressure is high, there's a big risk for heart disease and stroke, the leading causes of death.

Dr. Marisa Albertson, Trinity Family Physician, "any time, the heart has pressure, the heart is working harder"

Dr. Albertson recommends any adult over 18 get a blood pressure check once a year to see if it is in line. And it doesn't have to be at a doctor's office, she says those blood pressure machines in the pharmacy's are perfectly fine. Some people have what she calls "white coat" hypertension at the doctor's office, outside of a doctor's office that person will be calmer and get a more accurate reading.

"people go in get a reading in a normal setting, and take it to your doctor, you don't want to be at risk"

One of every three adults has high blood pressure, its a big problem. There is medication, but Dr. Albertson says life-style changes are best.

"30 minutes of exercise an day, and weight loss, it's unreliable how it helps""

What is your blood pressure? When it gets high there are no warning signs, a regular check could save your life. For Eye on Health I'm Carla Burbidge.

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