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Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

High Blood Pressure

When the the pressure of the blood against blood vessel walls is too strong it is called high blood pressure, or hypertension.

High blood pressure can cause damage to the vessels when left untreated and lead to other problems, including heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease.
Blood Pressure Numbers
Blood pressure is measured using two numbers. The top number, systolic blood pressure, is the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart beats. The bottom number, diastolic blood pressure, is the pressure in your blood vessels between beats, while your heart is at rest.

A normal blood pressure level is less than 120/80 mmHg.

Because high blood pressure does not usually have symptoms, you should get your blood pressure checked regularly and follow your healthcare team’s recommendations.

Preventing and Managing High Blood Pressure

If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, talk to your healthcare team about ways to control your blood pressure. Click here for resources and information.

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