In the United States about 78 million adults have high blood pressure, which can lead to heart and kidney damage.
This is her story.
If we’re getting technical about it, my chart says “Primary Idiopathic Hypertension.” Translated, that means “We have no idea why your blood pressure is high. Here are some pills.”
I’ve had high blood pressure since I was eighteen.
In the beginning, no one even tried to figure out why. My doctor at the time just looked at my readings, said it probably explained my headaches, and sent me home with some medication. It worked, so I took it and didn’t think anything about it.