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Hypertension

Hypertension – a term used to describe high blood pressure. Blood pressure is a measurement of the force against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps blood through your body. A normal blood pressure is 120/80.

Many factors can affect blood pressure, including:

  • How much water and salt you have in your body
  • The condition of your kidneys, nervous system, or blood vessels
  • The levels of different body hormones

High blood pressure increases your chance of having a stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease, and early death.

You have a higher risk of high blood pressure if you:

  • Are African American
  • Are obese
  • Are often stressed or anxious
  • Drink too much alcohol (more than one drink per day for women and more than two drinks per day for men)
  • Eat too much salt in your diet
  • Have a family history of high blood pressure
  • Have diabetes
  • Smoke

Above information taken from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001502/

For more information:

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth

www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/guide/hypertension-symptoms-high-blood-pressure

http://www.medicinenet.com/high_blood_pressure/article.htm

 

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