We all know what high blood pressure is, but some experts say most still don’t know exactly what the risks of this “silent killer” looks like.
“I think there is a gap in understanding what elevated blood pressure is and what are the risk factors,” says Dr. Peter Mitoff, a cardiologist at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto. “There is a need for education… there’s a misconception that high blood pressure and hypertension [are] problems for elderly people.”
Mitoff adds, in his experience, he is seeing a lot more young patients, and catching high blood pressure earlier will only benefit a person’s health in the long run.
“The difficulty is most people don’t feel any different when they have high blood pressure,” he says, noting that because it is a “silent killer,” people can go on for years not knowing they have it before it’s too late.
This could mean developing heart complications, stroke or suffering a heart attack.