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How does chronic high blood pressure cause a stroke?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Chronic high blood pressure is one of the major risk factors for hemorrhagic strokes. Over time, high blood pressure weakens the blood vessels and arteries, making them more likely to burst. Talk to your doctor if you think you may be at risk for stroke as a result of high blood pressure.

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