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Old 07-17-2005, 02:28 PM
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Default What is high blood pressure?

What is high blood pressure

Blood pressure is the force in the arteries when the heart beats (systolic pressure) and when the heart is at rest (diastolic pressure). It's measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). High blood pressure (or hypertension) is defined in an adult as a blood pressure greater than or equal to 140 mm Hg systolic pressure or greater than or equal to 90 mm Hg diastolic pressure.

High blood pressure directly increases the risk of coronary heart disease (which leads to heart attack) and stroke, especially when it's present with other risk factors.

High blood pressure can occur in children or adults, but it's more common among people over age 35. It's particularly prevalent in African Americans, middle-aged and elderly people, obese people, heavy drinkers and women who are taking birth control pills. It may run in families, but many people with a strong family history of high blood pressure never have it. People with diabetes mellitus, gout or kidney disease are more likely to have high blood pressure, too.

Blood Pressure Category Systolic(mm Hg) Diastolic(mm Hg)
Normal less than 120 less than 80
Prehypertension 120139 8089

Stage 1 140159 or 9099
Stage 2 160 or higher or 100 or higher

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Old 08-03-2005, 03:01 PM
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Default High Blood Presure

i would like to add more information to that

There is no "ideal" blood pressure reading. However, there is a range of "normal" blood pressure reading. Generally, a reading that is less than 140 over 90 indicates that you don't need to worry. If either or both numbers are equal to or greater than 140 over 90 for an extended period of time, you have high blood pressure, or hypertension.

Hypertension is dangerous because it causes the heart to work extra hard. This strain contributes to heart attacks and stroke. When the heart is forced to work extra hard for an extended period of time, it tends to enlarge. A slightly enlarged heart can function well, but a significantly enlarged heart cannot. High blood pressure also causes damage to the arteries, causing arterial disease.

Hypertension can be treated. Mild cases of hypertension can be treated through behavior modification like changing diet and increasing exercise. More severe cases of hypertension require medications like diuretics and beta blockers. Diuretics rid the body of excess fluids and salt. Beta blockers reduce the heart rate and the heart's output of blood.
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Old 08-03-2005, 07:32 PM
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What is orthostatic hypertension?
Is it always fatal? Or can it be treated by applying leeches?
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:07 PM
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High blood pressure is a common problem for patients with chronic kidney failure. It is important to bring the blood pressure down to protect the kidneys and subsequently slow down the progression of the disease.

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Old 06-21-2014, 10:42 AM
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Hi.Friends,HBP is a common problem in children or adults.HBP is a serious condition that can lead to coronary Heart disease,heart failure,kidney failure,stroke and others problem related to health.Blood pressure is force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood.if this pressure rises and stays high over time,it can be damage the body.


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Old 04-07-2015, 02:50 PM
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High blood pressure, coronary heart disease can cause other health problems that situation is serious. This is the heart to pump blood against the walls of arteries as blood is the power of stress.
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Old 07-27-2018, 04:17 PM
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As the heart starts pumping the blood the pressure which is exerted against the arteries walls is called as high blood pressure or hypertension. There are many causes of high blood pressure like high age, obesity, stress etc.
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