TITLE

Chapter 1: What is High Blood Pressure?

AUTHOR(S)
Gregson, Susan R.
PUB. DATE
January 2001
SOURCE
High Blood Pressure (Capstone Press);2001, p4
SOURCE TYPE
Book
DOC. TYPE
Book Chapter
ABSTRACT
This chapter describes high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force of your blood on the walls of your arteries. When blood pressure stays high for too long, it can damage your blood vessels. There are two numbers used in measuring blood pressure. The first number records systolic pressure, which is the pressure inside your arteries when the heart pumps blood. The second number records diastolic pressure which is the pressure inside your arteries when the heart relaxes and refills with blood. Anyone can get high blood pressure, which is also called hypertension. Some people are at higher risk than others. Family history and genetics play a role in high blood pressure. There can be low blood pressure as well. Methods to control or prevent high blood pressure include a low-fat, low-salt diet, not smoking, and exercising regularly. INSET: Chapter Overview.
ACCESSION #
7551774

 

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