Information on Blood Pressure

When seeking information on your blood pressure, the first place to start is your healthcare provider's office. He or she will measure your blood pressure using a special fabric cuff and write down the reading as a fraction -- for example: 120/80. If this number is borderline high, several more readings will be taken over time and the average used to determine your normal blood pressure. This is because many factors can affect your reading, including whether you are standing or lying down.
 
Blood pressure that is too high -- known medically as hypertension -- can lead to all sorts of complications, including organ damage, heart attack, and stroke. If yours is too high, your healthcare provider will give you information on the things you can do to lower it, which may include lifestyle changes or medication.
 
(Click Blood Pressure for more information on this topic, including what the blood vessels do in the body, exactly how this is measured, and what happens with high blood pressure.)
 

Information on Blood Pressure

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