My doctor says I have high blood pressure, but I don't feel bad. Is that possible?

This week's question was from Barbara in Merced: My doctor says I have high blood pressure, but I don’t feel bad. Is that possible?

Jeff Herr, Doctor of Pharmacy

Actually, high blood pressure is commonly referred to as "the silent killer." This is because you don’t physically feel different when your blood pressure is elevated. The problem is that unless you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, you can go for years with that condition and not even know you have a problem. The elevated pressure puts extra stress on your organs such as your eyes, liver, heart and over time can damage these systems or even lead to a stroke that can cause paralysis or death. You should check your blood pressure regularly at the pharmacy and have regular health checkups with your doctor.

Last Updated Monday, July 28, 2014 - 03:29 PM.