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What is the risk for hypertension?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Hypertension is the medical term for blood pressure that’s 140/90 mm Hg or higher. Not only does hypertension increase the risk for heart attack and stroke, but it can increase the chance of other serious health problems such as congestive heart failure, kidney disease, kidney failure, aneurism, blindness, and limb amputation.

Prehypertension is blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89 mm Hg. Having prehypertension increases the chance of getting high blood pressure and all the health problems associated with it. If your blood pressure is between 120/80 and 139/89, it means hypertension may be a problem in the future if you don’t start making some lifestyle changes now.

Hypertension is diagnosed by a physician and treated with one or more blood pressure medications, along with healthy lifestyle habits such as weight loss, a heart-healthy diet, regular exercise, stopping cigarette smoking, managing your stress, avoiding excess alcohol, and keeping type 2 diabetes managed.
 

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