High Blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is a blood pressure of greater than 140 systolic and/or 90 diastolic (or 140/90). Hypertension places an individual at greater risk for heart disease and stroke. It is extremely important to control your blood pressure. This can be done with weight loss, diet, and medications as well as treatment of other conditions such as sleep apnea and blockage of the kidney arteries. Talk to your family or cardiology provider to discuss treatment options (American Heart Association, 2009).
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