High Blood Pressure

Another name for high blood pressure is hypertension. (High blood pressure means the pressure in your arteries is consistently above the normal range. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. It's written as two numbers, such as 122/78 mmHg. The top, systolic number is the pressure when the heart beats. The bottom, diastolic number is the pressure when the heart is at rest. High blood pressure is a consistently elevated pressure of 140 systolic or higher and/or 90 diastolic or higher. No one really knows exactly what causes most cases of high blood pressure. It usually can't be cured, but it can be controlled. Millions of Indians (1 in 4 adults) have it, and many don't even know they have it. Not treating high blood pressure is dangerous. You can live a healthier life if you treat and control it! High blood pressure usually doesn't have any signs-that's why it's so dangerous. Make sure you get it checked regularly and treat it the way your doctor advises.

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