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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage the body in many ways. Knowing your blood pressure numbers is important, even when you are feeling fine. High blood pressure - also called HBP - usually has no symptoms. You can have it for years without knowing it. During this time, though, HBP can damage your:
If your blood pressure is normal, you can work with your health care team to keep it that way. If your blood pressure is too high, treatment may help prevent damage to your body's organs.
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Blood pressure is measured as systolic (sis-TOL-ik) and diastolic (di-a-STOL-ik) pressures. "Systolic" refers to blood pressure when th (More)
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