When the pressure within your blood vessels is too high, it is known as hypertension (high blood pressure). Although this condition may not cause immediate problems, it can increase your risk of developing health problems over time, including:
Hypertension can only be diagnosed after taking several readings to find your average blood pressure. For many people, a combination of lifestyle changes and medications can help keep the condition under control.
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