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Blood Pressure

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Last Updated: 01 May 2022
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When your heart pumps blood, blood pressure is how tough your blood pushes against the walls of your arteries. Arteries are the tubes that bring blood far from your heart. Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure is to get tested, the only way to know. A blood pressure test gauges exactly how hard your heart's functioning to pump blood through your body. When your heart beats, the first number is the pressure in your arteries. Contrast your blood pressure to these numbers: Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80; High blood pressure is 130/80 or higher; Blood pressure that's in between high and normal is called elevated blood pressure. To test your blood pressure, a nurse or doctor will place a cuff around your top arm. You can find out what your blood pressure numbers are right after the test is over. Ask the medical professional what to do following if the test reveals that your blood pressure is high.

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