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Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a serious medical condition that significantly increases the risks of heart, brain, kidney and other health problems [3]. It occurs when the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels is higher than normal [1], and it can be caused by a variety of factors such as obesity; diabetes; stress; insufficient intake of potassium; age; family history; smoking and alcohol use [2][4][5][6][7]. High blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death for Americans [4], but it rarely has noticeable symptoms [8]. Treatment typically involves lifestyle changes such as diet modification and exercise in addition to medications prescribed by a doctor.

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Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a condition in which the force of the blood against artery walls is too high. It can lead to serious health problems such as heart attack and stroke if left untreated. Treatment typically involves lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, reducing stress levels, and quitting smoking. Medications may also be prescribed to help lower blood pressure.