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What is high blood pressure?

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Also called hypertension, this is when the force of the blood pumping through the arteries are higher than normal. Over time, the increased pressure can cause a wide range of problems. Small bulges, called aneurysms, may form in blood vessels. The heart can become enlarged, increasing the danger of heart failure. Damage to blood vessels in the kidneys can cause them to fail. Because tiny blood vessels in the eyes are especially vulnerable to damage, hypertension can lead to vision problems and even blindness.

From: High Blood Pressure WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Your Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure with the DASH Diet.” National Institutes of Health: “Prevent and Control High Blood Pressure: Mission Possible.” Parker, et al, , April 2007. American Medical Association. American Journal of Public Health

Reviewed by James Beckerman on January 14, 2017

SOURCES: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Your Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure with the DASH Diet.” National Institutes of Health: “Prevent and Control High Blood Pressure: Mission Possible.” Parker, et al, , April 2007. American Medical Association. American Journal of Public Health

Reviewed by James Beckerman on January 14, 2017

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