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Carlos Learns Important Facts About Blood Pressure
What is blood pressure?
Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of your arteries. Blood pressure is necessary to move the blood through your body so it can get to all the body's organs.
Why is high blood pressure dangerous?
High blood pressure—also called hypertension—puts you at risk for heart disease. When your blood pressure is high, your heart has to work harder. High blood pressure is known as the "silent killer" because it often has no symptoms. If not treated, high blood pressure raises your chances of:
The good news
You can take action to prevent high blood pressure. If your blood pressure is high, you can do something to control it.
What do your blood pressure numbers mean?
Carlos says: "Getting my blood pressure checked was easy and did not hurt. The numbers were my only warning that I am at risk for getting high blood pressure."
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES