6 Dangers of High Blood Pressure
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A Common Problem

High blood pressure occurs when blood constantly pushes against the walls of your arteries with too much force. Your blood pressure is high when your pressure reading is consistently higher than 140/90 mm Hg (millimeters of mercury). If you have high blood pressure, you’re not alone. About 1 in 3 adults in the United States has it. But having high blood pressure can lead to other serious health issues. Here are a few of the dangers of high blood pressure.

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