Medical Dictionary: Blood Pressure, High
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Blood Pressure, High: Another name for Hypertension.
Blood Pressure, High (condition): High blood pressure
Blood Pressure, High (condition): Hypertension is the condition of having high blood pressure. It is very common and affects around 50 million Americans of which about 30% are not yet diagnosed (NHLBI). Hypertension is an under-diagnosed condition because it causes damage to the body with no symptoms or only mild symptoms. It has been called a "silent killer" for this reason.
Correct diagnosis of the cause of high blood pressure is important.
Most cases of chronic hypertension are "primary hypertension"
but a small percentage are "secondary hypertension" where the
rise in blood pressure is caused by another underlying condition.
Hypertension during pregnancy is another common special case;
it is called gestational hypertension,
preeclampsia or eclampsia depending on its severity.
Blood Pressure, High: Blood pressure measures the force of blood against the walls of your
blood vessels. Blood pressure that remains high over time is called
hypertension. Extra fluid in your body increases the amount of fluid in
your blood vessels and makes your blood pressure higher. Narrow or clogged
blood vessels also raise blood pressure. 1
More information on medical condition: Hypertension:
- Introduction: Hypertension
- Basic Summary for Hypertension
- Types of Hypertension
- Causes of Hypertension
- Medication Causes of Hypertension
- Risk Factors for Hypertension
- Symptoms of Hypertension
- Complications of Hypertension
- Diagnostic Tests for Hypertension
- Treatments for Hypertension
- Prevention of Hypertension
1. excerpt from High Blood Pressure and Kidney Disease: NIDDK
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