Greater than 1 in 3 adults in the U. S. has high blood pressure, or hypertension. Early diagnosis and heart-healthy lifestyle changes can keep high blood pressure from seriously damaging your health and wellness. High blood pressure is the force of your blood pushing versus the wall surfaces of your arteries. Your blood pressure is highest when your heart beats, pumping the blood. When your heart goes to rest, in between beats, your blood pressure drops. Your blood pressure analysis uses these two numbers. Usually the systolic number comes before or over the diastolic number. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms. So the only way to figure out if you have it is to get regular high blood pressure checks from your health and wellness care provider. For children and teens, the healthcare provider contrasts the high blood pressure reading to what is normal for other kids who coincide age, height, and sex. People with diabetes or chronic kidney disease should keep their high blood pressure below 130/80.
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