Information on Hypertension
Affecting more than 65 million American adults, hypertension (high blood pressure) is a common condition that occurs when the pressure within a person's blood vessels is too high. In other words, if your average blood pressure reading is over 140/90, you are said to have hypertension. While it does not cause any immediate problems, the condition may lead to health problems over time, such as:
The first step in treating hypertension involves lifestyle changes; some people may also require medication.
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