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Blood pressure is the amount of force exerted on the blood vessels as blood flows through them. Hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure, is when this force through the blood vessels is too high. Typically, a person is said to have high blood pressure if they have an average blood pressure reading of 140/90 or higher. If left untreated, this condition can lead to serious health problems, such as heart attack and kidney failure.
The first step in lowering your blood pressure is to make some lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, following a specific diet, and limiting your alcohol consumption. If lifestyle changes alone are not effective, certain medications can help.
(Click High Blood Pressure for more detailed information on this condition, including causes, factors that put you at risk, and more.)
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