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What is high blood pressure?

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High blood pressure is the most common cardiovascular disease.

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against your artery walls as it goes through your body. Like air in a tire or water in a hose, blood fills your arteries to a point. Just as too much air pressure can damage a tire, or too much water pushing through a garden hose can damage the hose, high blood pressure can hurt your arteries and lead to life-threatening conditions like heart disease and stroke.

From: What Is High Blood Pressure? WebMD Medical Reference

JAMA Express : "Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure." 

"Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association," Summer 2003. 

Elliot W. , Jan. 2005.  Journal of Human Hypertension

American Heart Association.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 26, 2017

JAMA Express : "Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure." 

"Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association," Summer 2003. 

Elliot W. , Jan. 2005.  Journal of Human Hypertension

American Heart Association.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 26, 2017

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