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If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, you're probably looking for facts to help you learn more about this condition and what you can do to treat it. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is defined as having an average blood pressure reading of more than 140/90. If left untreated, it can lead to a stroke, heart attack, or other serious problems over time.
 
The first step in bringing down your blood pressure is to make some lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, following a specific diet, and quitting smoking. Certain medications can be prescribed to help lower blood pressure if lifestyle changes alone are not effective.
 
(For more facts about this topic, including how long it may take to see the results of lifestyle changes, click High Blood Pressure.)
 
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