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high blood pressure
hypertension, health disorder in which the blood pressure stays at an abnormally high level

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Hypertension
Hypertension (HTN) or high blood pressure, sometimes called arterial hypertension, is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is elevated. Blood pressure is summarised by two measurements, systolic and diastolic, which depend on whether the heart muscle is contracting (systole) or relaxed between beats (diastole). This equals the maximum and minimum pressure, respectively. Normal blood pressure at rest is within the range of 100-140mmHg systolic (top reading) and 60-90mmHg diastolic (bottom reading). High blood pressure is said to be present if it is often at or above 140/90 mmHg.

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high blood pressure

Noun
1. a common disorder in which blood pressure remains abnormally high (a reading of 140/90 mm Hg or greater)
(synonym) hypertension
(hypernym) cardiovascular disease
(hyponym) essential hypertension, hyperpiesia, hyperpiesis


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High blood pressure
A repeatedly elevated blood pressure exceeding 140 over 90 mmHg. High blood pressure (hypertension) is "the silent killer." Chronic high blood pressure can stealthily cause blood vessel changes in the back of the eye (retina), abnormal thickening of the heart muscle, kidney failure, and brain damage. No specific cause for high blood pressure is found in 95% of patients. High blood pressure is treated with salt restriction, regular aerobic exercise, and medications.

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hypertension (high blood pressure)
An arterial condition whose primary feature is chronically elevated blood pressure.



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