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High Blood Pressure

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High blood pressure increases your chance (or risk) for getting heart disease and/or kidney disease, and for having a stroke. It is especially dangerous because it often has no warning signs or symptoms. Regardless of race, age, or gender, anyone can develop high blood pressure. It is estimated that one in every four American adults has high blood pressure. Once high blood pressure develops, it usually lasts a lifetime. You can prevent and control high blood pressure by taking action.

In this section you will learn more about what high blood pressure is and what it does inside the body.

 What Are High Blood Pressure and Prehypertension?
 Why Is High Blood Pressure Important?
 Effect of High Blood Pressure on Your Body
 What Causes High Blood Pressure?
 Who Can Develop High Blood Pressure?

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