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Hypertension, often referred to as high blood pressure, can affect the body in many ways as it can lead to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, or other serious disease. Known as the silent killer, it doesn’t always show symptoms until it’s caused serious damage to the body.
Nearly half of all adults in the United States have high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
For those who aren’t familiar with healthy blood pressure levels in comparison to hypertension, here’s a handy chart to help understand blood pressure readings according to the American Heart Association:
Note: A diagnosis of high blood pressure must be confirmed with a medical professional. A doctor should also evaluate any unusually low blood pressure readings.
The American Heart Association shares the best protection against hypertension is knowledge, management and prevention.
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