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How is high blood pressure linked to atherosclerosis?

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High blood pressure is a major cause of atherosclerosis, the artery-clogging process that leads to heart attacks and strokes. Blood pressure higher than 130/80 is seen in:

  • 69% of people who have their first heart attack
  • 77% of people who have their first stroke
  • 74% of people who have congestive heart failure

 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 05, 2018

 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 05, 2018

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