What is blood pressure and why does it matter?

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels.

This force is normally present with every heartbeat as the blood travels through your body. This force (pressure) is needed to carry blood to all the organs in your body, such as your kidneys, brain, stomach, arms, and legs.

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, means that the pressure in your blood vessels stays higher than normal.

If your blood pressure stays high, it can become dangerous to your body.

Even as a young adult, high blood pressure can raise your risk of having serious health problems including a heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, or heart failure.

Taking steps to lower your blood pressure will help you live a healthier and longer life.  

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