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What is Hypertension?

Hypertension is also known as High Blood Pressure. Blood pressure over 140 systolic and 90 diastolic is considered high. Normal blood pressure for an adult is considered 120 systolic over 80 diastolic. High blood pressure can cause serious damage to the body including (but not limited to):

• Heart Attack
• Stroke
• Kidney Failure
• Vision Problems

Who is most affected by Hypertension?

According to WebMD, millions of Americans experience Hypertension, but mostly:

• Those with a family history of high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes
• Black Americans
• Those aged 55 or older
• The overweight and inactive
• Excessive drinkers (alcohol)
• Smokers
• Those who eat food high in saturated fat or sodium
• Those who take some medications such as NSAIDs, decongestants, and illegal drugs, such as cocaine.

High Blood Pressure is mostly caused by: a poor diet, high stress and/or smoking. To reduce blood pressure it is recommended you not only see a health professional for help but also increase physical activity, decrease sodium (salt) intake and if smoking, to quit.

Community Health Centers of Pinellas offers a Smoking Cessation program as well as Nutritionist services to work together, along with you, your family and your provider to help you create a healthy lifestyle.

Do I have high blood pressure?

Unfortunately, there aren’t many noticeable symptoms that indicate high blood pressure. The only way to make sure your blood pressure is within the normal range is to have regular examinations with your provider.

For more information visit WebMD’s Hypertension/High Blood Pressure Health Center at
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