Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure (HBP), is the consistent high force of blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels and eventually decreasing the efficiency of the heart. Normal blood pressure level is considered 120/80. Blood pressure measurements higher than 130/90 are considered high blood pressure or hypertension – stage 1 and need further evaluation by a health care provider.
The severity of this disease is high, especially if it goes untreated for a long period of time.
Vrinda Saradan, M.D., a cardiologist with UofL Physicians – Cardiovascular Medicine, shares causes, symptoms and tips for managing hypertension.