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What is the goal of hypertension treatment?

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Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is dangerous because it can lead to strokes, heart attacks, heart failure, or kidney disease. Treatment can lower high blood pressure and protect important organs, like the brain, heart, and kidneys from damage. Getting your blood pressure under control can greatly lower chances for stroke, heart attack, and heart failure.

High blood pressure is a reading greater than 130 over 80.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Blood Pressure Lowering Drugs."

USDA Helathfinders.gov: "Eat Less Sodium: Quick Tips."

FDA: "High Blood Pressure--Medicines to Help You."

American Medical Association.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on December 17, 2017

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Blood Pressure Lowering Drugs."

USDA Helathfinders.gov: "Eat Less Sodium: Quick Tips."

FDA: "High Blood Pressure--Medicines to Help You."

American Medical Association.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on December 17, 2017

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