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Hypertension is the term used to describe high blood pressure. Hypertension is the
most common cardiovascular disease. When blood pressure is too high, the heart has
to work harder. High blood pressure causes strokes and heart attacks and can damage
blood vessels, the brain, eyes, and kidneys.
People with blood pressure readings of 140/90 or higher, taken at least two different
times, are said to have high blood pressure. Normal blood pressure is lower than 120/80
Pre-hypertension is a warning sign you may get hypertension in the future. People
with blood pressure readings slightly higher than 120/80 have pre-hypertension. Those
with pre-hypertension are at higher risk for damage to arteries and the heart, brain
and kidneys. The only treatment for pre-hypertension is diet and exercise.
The good news is that you can prevent hypertension or reverse pre-hypertension. Improving
your diet and being more active can help you manage pre-hypertension.
Experts do not know exactly what causes high blood pressure for most people, but certain risk factors are linked to the condition.
Some people are at increased risk for high blood pressure.
For more information on healthy living and hypertension, contact your local county extension office.
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