Your Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure

This paper provides information on blood pressure and methods to reduce it. Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of arteries. Blood pressure rises and falls throughout the day. When blood pressure stays elevated over time, it is called high blood pressure. The medical term for high blood pressure is hypertension. High blood pressure is dangerous because it makes the heart work too hard and contributes to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). It increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, which are the first- and third-leading causes of death among Americans.

Provided by: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Topic: Software Date Added: May 2003 Format: PDF

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