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Is fluctuating blood pressure more dangerous than high blood pressure?

Blood pressure that fluctuates or varies widely increases the risk of having a stroke, especially if the variations are occurring within a 24-hour period. This puts huge sudden stress on your arterial system. The “high blood pressure” stresses and weakens the walls of arteries, and then when the blood pressure suddenly drops, not enough blood moves through the arteries, which is when a blood clot and subsequent stroke can occur. Elevated blood pressure is often called silent hypertension because symptoms can remain unidentified until you have a true health crisis, like a stroke. If you are not regularly screened, you may never know that you have high blood pressure.  

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