domingo, 9 de septiembre de 2012

High Blood Pressure: MedlinePlus

High Blood Pressure: MedlinePlus

 
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New on the MedlinePlus High Blood Pressure page:
09/03/2012 08:00 PM EDT

Yet most have regular access to medical care, report notes
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Source: HealthDay
09/03/2012 08:00 PM EDT

Study suggests possible clues to hypertension prevention
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Source: HealthDay
09/03/2012 08:00 PM EDT

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
08/30/2012 08:00 PM EDT

Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke - NIH
08/28/2012 08:00 PM EDT

Source: American Heart Association
08/28/2012 08:00 PM EDT

Source: American Heart Association
   
 High Blood Pressure: MedlinePlus

High Blood Pressure

Also called: Benign essential hypertension, Essential hypertension, HBP, HTN, Hypertension 
 
 
Blood pressure is the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. Each time your heart beats, it pumps out blood into the arteries. Your blood pressure is highest when your heart beats, pumping the blood. This is called systolic pressure. When your heart is at rest, between beats, your blood pressure falls. This is the diastolic pressure.
Your blood pressure reading uses these two numbers, the systolic and diastolic pressures. Usually they are written one above or before the other. A reading of
  • 120/80 or lower is normal blood pressure
  • 140/90 or higher is high blood pressure
  • Between 120 and 139 for the top number, or between 80 and 89 for the bottom number is prehypertension
High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, but it can cause serious problems such as stroke, heart failure, heart attack and kidney failure. You can control high blood pressure through healthy lifestyle habits and taking medicines, if needed.
NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute


Illustration of checking blood pressure

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