One of the most dangerous aspects of high blood pressure (hypertension) is that you may not know that you have it. In fact, nearly one-third of people with high blood pressure don’t know it because it does not exhibit any symptoms. Many people have been suprised when their doctor informed them that they had high blood pressure. Because of the lack of symptoms they have found this hard to believe. Yet high blood pressure is a silent killer. It slowly and silently creeps in on its victims and strikes without any prior warning often with very fatal results.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that coronary heart disease (one of the risks associated with high blood pressure) alone kills an estimated 17 million people worldwide every year compared to the dreaded HIV/AIDS which kills only an average of 1.8 million people worldwide.