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High Blood Pressure

Hypertension, the medical term for high blood pressure, is known as "the silent killer" because many people who have high blood pressure do not have symptoms.

More than 76 million Americans have high blood pressure. It's not just a disease for older people! If left untreated, high blood pressure greatly increases your risk for heart attack and stroke. High blood pressure can affect your health in several ways: hardening of the arteries, enlarged heart, kidney damage, and eye damage.

Where do you fall in the classification of blood pressure?

  • A blood pressure reading below 120/80 mm Hg is classified as normal.
  • Those with a blood pressure reading anywhere from 120/80 up to 139/89 are in a category called "prehypertension" which puts you at twice the risk of developing high blood pressure later in life.
  • A reading of 140/90 or above indicates hypertension requiring treatment.

Learn more about hypertension and how to take control of your blood pressure.


Ask a Texas Heart Institute DoctorWhat is Isolated Systolic Hypertension? — response by Dr. Atasu Nayak.


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