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Your heart is a pumping muscle that works nonstop to keep your body supplied with oxygen-rich blood. Signals from the heart’s electrical system set the speed and pattern of the pump’s rhythm. Valves keep the blood moving in one direction, through the heart’s four chambers.
Blood pressure is a measure of the force of moving blood against artery walls. When blood pressure is high, this strains the heart.
High blood pressure can be managed with healthy lifestyle changes and medications. Regular monitoring of your blood pressure is also important.
Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force at which blood flows through the large blood vessels from the heart.
Certain things make high blood pressure more likely. These are called risk factors. Addressing risk factors may improve blood pressure. It also lowers the chances of having serious heart problems.
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Last updated June 06, 2017