High blood pressure is a common, treatable risk factor for developing heart failure.
Uncontrolled high blood pressure can cause the heart muscle to become weak and work less efficiently. Symptoms of heart failure, such as shortness of breath and swelling, can subsequently develop.
If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, be sure to take your medications as prescribed. Exercise, quitting smoking, and reducing your stress can also be of great benefit in helping to control your blood pressure.
Ask your provider if you should be monitoring your readings at home.
More information can be found on the American Heart Association website.