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What is High Blood Pressure?

Blood Pressure is the force pushing blood through the blood vessels. Blood pressure rises and falls during the day. When blood pressure stays raised over time, it is called High Blood Pressure. Another name for High Blood Pressure is Hypertension. To test for High Blood Pressure, a doctor or nurse places a blood pressure band around your upper arm; air is pumped into the band. The blood pressure measurement is read, as the air is released from the band. A blood pressure reading higher than 120 to 139 over 80 to 89 is rated as pre-hypertensive. This means you are at twice the risk of developing High Blood Pressure. A reading 140 to 159 over 90 to 99 is considered stage one of High Blood Pressure. A reading 160 or higher over 100 or higher is considered stage two of High Blood Pressure.

WHAT CAUSES HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE?

The causes of High Blood Pressure vary. They may include narrowing of the arteries, the heart beating faster than it should or a greater than normal amount of blood flowing through the arteries. High Blood Pressure is a serious disease. Oftentimes High Blood Pressure has no warning signs, and is called the silent killer.

WHO IS AT RISK FOR DEVELOPING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE?

High Blood Pressure is common. More than 50 million American adults have High Blood Pressure. It is very common in African Americans, who may get it earlier in life and more severely. Most Americans tend to develop High Blood Pressure as they get older, but this is not a part of healthy aging.

WHAT SYMPTOMS SHOULD YOU REPORT TO YOUR DOCTOR?

  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Nosebleed
  • Ear noise/buzzing
  • Tiredness
  • Vision Changes
  • Anxiety
  • Chest pains

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