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What is High Blood Pressure?

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Apr 29, 2013 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers explains what high blood pressure is and why it's important to get checked and know your blood pressure numbers.


About 1 in every 3 adults in the United States has high blood pressure, a condition more common in African American adults. Do you know your blood pressure numbers?

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

Blood pressure is the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels. It's written as two numbers separated by a slash. For most people, normal blood pressure is at or below 120/80. If your blood pressure rises to 140/90 or higher and stays there over time—you have hypertension, or high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is a silent killer that usually has no signs or symptoms. It's a leading cause of kidney failure, heart disease, and stroke.

To stay healthy, get your blood pressure checked and know your numbers.

For more information, follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.



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