High Blood Pressure Education – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Most people know what blood pressure is, but understanding the risks associated with high blood pressure, or hypertension is important. Dr. Lawrence Fine at the NIH reminds how blood pressure works.
Fine: Hypertension is generally considered when the blood pressure is over 140/90. The upper figure, 140, is the systolic blood pressure. That's the highest level that's reached after each heartbeat.
Narrator: And the lower number, in this example 90, is the diastolic pressure, when the heart is at rest between beats. For more information on blood pressure, the risks associated with high blood pressure, and how to prevent or treat hypertension, visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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