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Abstract

High blood pressure is a common condition in the US that increases the risk of stroke and heart disease.

Blood pushing against the walls of arteries in the body creates pressure, which generally varies throughout the day. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is blood pressure that is consistently higher than what is considered normal. There are 2 types of blood pressure measures: systolic and diastolic. Systolic blood pressure is the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats, while diastolic pressure is the pressure in the arteries when the heart rests. Normal systolic blood pressure is less than 120 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg), and normal diastolic blood pressure is less than 80 mm Hg, together described as 120/80 mm Hg. High blood pressure may be defined slightly differently by clinicians because some guidelines suggest that high blood pressure is that which is consistently higher than 130/80 mm Hg, while other guidelines suggest higher than 140/90 mm Hg.

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