Hypertension, or high blood pressure, refers to the pressure of blood against your artery walls. Over time high blood pressure can cause blood vessel damage that leads to heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, and other problems. Hypertension is sometimes called the silent killer because it produces no symptoms and could go unnoticed, and untreated, for years.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 75 million Americans have high blood pressure. There are a number of risk factors that a person cannot control, such as age, family history, gender, and race. But there are also factors you can control, such as diet. A diet that can help control blood pressure is one that’s rich in potassium, magnesium, and fiber.