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Having information on your average blood pressure readings can help your healthcare provider determine if you have high blood pressure (hypertension), which occurs when the pressure within blood vessels is consistently too high. An average reading of more than 140/90 is considered to be high. It's important to keep your blood pressure under control, because serious health problems, such as heart attack and kidney failure, may eventually occur as a result of leaving it untreated.
Some risk factors for this condition include obesity, being physically inactive, and consuming too much sodium (salt). However, in most cases, the cause of high blood pressure is unknown. This is referred to as primary or essential hypertension. When a person's high blood pressure is the result of another medical problem or medicine, it is known as secondary hypertension.
(For more info, click High Blood Pressure. This article takes a closer look at this topic, including treatment options that can help get your blood pressure under control.)
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