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High Blood Pressure or Hypertension
What is high blood pressure and hypertension?
Blood pressure is the measured force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as your heart pumps blood out to the rest of the body (systolic blood pressure) and as your heart relaxes (diastolic blood pressure). If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it is called high blood pressure or hypertension and it can cause damage to the body in different ways. Normal blood pressure is when the systolic measurement is less than 120 and the diastolic is less than 80. In some women, blood pressure becomes high during pregnancy, which can present special risks to both the mother and the fetus.
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How is high blood pressure diagnosed and treated?
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