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Nonstop flow of blood from the heart to the body and back to the heart again is called circulation. Blood vessels are hollow muscular tubes that carry blood throughout your body, much like pipes circulate water in your home.
What Is High Blood Pressure?
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High blood pressure is known as the silent killer because it often has no symptoms. Left uncontrolled, high blood pressure can lead to heart disease, heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, or blindness. Making some lifestyle changes and taking any prescribed medication should keep your blood pressure under control.
Controlling High Blood Pressure
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High blood pressure (hypertension) is called the silent killer. This is because many people who have it don’t know it. You can take an easy test to see if your blood pressure is too high. If it is high, you can take steps to lower it. Doing so could save your life.
How Your Heart Works
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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.