8 Things Your Doctor Wants You to Know About High Blood Pressure
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Want to live longer? Control your blood pressure.

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is very common and potentially very serious. About a third of Americans—70 million people—have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, while another third have "prehypertension," meaning they are at risk for it. Hypertension can lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and other serious complications; it’s linked to about 360,000 deaths annually. However, it is treatable and often preventable. Here's what doctors have to say about high blood pressure.

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High Blood Pressure Fact Sheet. Centers for Disease Control. http://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_bloodpressure.htm


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