65 million. That's the number of Americans with high blood pressure. Doctors here in East Texas say that's an 30 percent increase from a decade ago and something that can cause everything from strokes, to kidney disease and heart failure.
Also, many patients don't even know they have high blood pressure until it's too late. And some who know they have it, don't realize how serious it is and neglect to correct it.
"The problem about hypertension is it's a silent killer. It's years of this exposure to high pressure in your vessels that does the damage and leads to high instances of strokes and heart attacks," says Dr. Jonathan MacClements, Family Practitioner at East Texas Medical Center.