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High blood pressure

High blood pressure occurs when the pressure of the blood in the blood vessels is higher than it should be. This disease can be dangerous and, many times, presents no symptoms. This makes regularly monitoring your blood pressure vital. High blood pressure, if left untreated, can lead to a heart attack, heart failure or a stroke over time.

When reading your blood pressure you will see two numbers. The higher number is the systolic blood pressure which measures the pressure in your arteries when the heart beats. The lower number, or diastolic blood pressure, measures the pressure in the arteries between heart beats. The ideal systolic pressure should be no more than 120 while the ideal diastolic pressure should be below 80.

If you consistently maintain a higher than normal blood pressure, your doctor may recommend some form of treatment. This may consist of altering your diet, like decreasing your sodium intake, or taking a prescribed medication. Addressing your high blood pressure is essential. If left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to additional health conditions including heart disease.

Find a doctor near you to help keep your heart on beat.


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