High blood pressure

Dr. Kgosi Mocuminyane
Dr. Kgosi Mocuminyane

Also known as HYPETENSION, it is a common condition where the force/pressure against your blood vessels or arteries is high that it may eventually cause health problems such as heart diseases, stroke and kidney damage.

It is determined by the amount of blood pumped by your heart and the resistance in your blood vessels. Every time you visit your doctor, blood pressure will be measured on your upper arm using a special machine that gives a set of numbers like 120/80.

The first number, usually written on top, is the systolic blood pressure, which is the pressure when your heart pumps and the second number is the diastolic blood pressure, which is the pressure between your heartbeats.

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