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How does high blood pressure affect my health?

High blood pressure is dangerous because it makes your heart work harder and contributes to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). It can increase the risk for heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, kidney disease and blindness.

High blood pressure (hypertension) can affect your health by increasing your risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. It is important to be screened for hypertension at your doctor's office and to take your medication as directed if you have high blood pressure. If you do have high blood pressure, talk with your doctor about ways to reduce your risk of health-related problems from high blood pressure through diet and exercise.

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