High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
This two-page handout educates people about high blood pressure, which is also called hypertension. It explains that blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of the arteries with each heartbeat, which then moves blood through the body. It discusses how blood pressure is checked and measured, explaining the systolic and diastolic readings and identifying normal and high blood pressure readings. The document identifies signs of high blood pressure, but clarifies the need for blood pressure checks because most people do not have any symptoms. It provides a list of recommendations for things people can to do control their blood pressure, and identifies those symptoms for which 911 should be called immediately.
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