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High Blood Pressure: Diagnosis and Risks

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Before a correct diagnosis of high blood pressure can be made blood pressure needs to be taken on three separate occasions.

The definition of blood pressure, medically known as hypertension, as stated by NIH’s MedlinePlus, is a measurement of the force against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps blood through your body. It is important to manage blood pressure because it is the precursor to heart disease which is the leading cause of death globally. It increases the risk for heart attacks, strokes, heart failure and organ damage including vision and kidney damage.

The purpose of taking several different readings is to establish that there is a pattern of high blood pressure in the body before giving medication. Blood pressure changes moment to moment depending on what is happening to you.


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