Patient education at ohio health center
High blood pressure
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High Blood Pressure is the most common cardiovascular disease. It is also known as hypertension.
The force of blood pushing against your artery walls as it travels through your body is known as blood pressure. Too much pressure can damage your arteries. This can lead to heart disease or stroke.
Blood pressure is recorded as two numbers. The first number is your systolic pressure. It is the higher of the two numbers. This measures the force in the arteries when your heart beats. The lower number is your diastolic pressure. This is the pressure in the arteries when your heart rests between beats.
Normal blood pressure at birth is 64/40 up to 120/80 in a healthy adult. Blood pressure is usually slightly higher after exertion or exercise. It is normal for blood pressure to rise and fall with changes in activity or emotional state.
High blood pressure can damage your blood vessels, eyes and kidneys. Hypertension forces your heart to work harder. If your blood pressure stays high you should talk with your doctor as you may need treatment.
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