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May as preeclampsia awareness month reminds us to check our blood pressure

❤️Knowing your blood pressure is very important because it’s a strong determinant of your overall health.

High blood pressure, and organ damage from high blood pressure can occur without any symptoms at all, which is why it’s important to check periodically. Chronically elevated blood pressure can also cause heart disease,

Heart disease is the most common cause of death among women in the United States. Women are more likely to seek medical services after heart damage occurs because they were unaware of the symptoms. While heart disease and high blood pressure is often considered a man’s disease, it doesn’t discriminate.

🤰🏽If you are trying to get pregnant, it is VERY important that you have a normal blood pressure prior to getting pregnant as it can increase your risk for complications like preeclampsia, and heart disease in pregnancy.

🎯Protip: If you don’t already own a blood pressure monitor, go buy one! Keep a log of blood pressures so you can identify trends. AND don’t forget your annual physical!

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