High Blood Pressure or Hypertension
High blood pressure (HBP) or Hypertension increases the risk for getting heart attack (Myocardial Infarction). Heart disease or cardiompathy, stroke, kidney disease or eye damage. The pressure in the arteries is initiated by the pumping action of the heart, and pressure waves can be felt at the wrist and at other points where arteries are near the surface of the body.
Blood pressure can be measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg) by means of an instrument known as the sphygmomanometer or blood pressure meter a device used to measure blood pressure.
Blood pressure readings include two numbers for example 120/80 The first number is called the systolic pressure. The second number in the reading is the diastolic pressure.
If your blood pressure readings are consistently above 140/90, you have high blood pressure.
High blood pressure risk factors being overweight, drinking too much alcohol, smoking, family history of high blood pressure and having too much salt.
For more information please click at: Heart Attack, also called a Myocardial Infarction
For more information please click at: Heart rhythm disorders
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