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Hypertension

A nurse measures a woman's blood pressure in a clinic, Thailand WHO/C.Black
 

Hypertension, also known as high or raised blood pressure, is a condition in which the blood vessels have persistently raised pressure. Blood is carried from the heart to all parts of the body in the vessels. Each time the heart beats, it pumps blood into the vessels. Blood pressure is created by the force of blood pushing against the walls of blood vessels (arteries) as it is pumped by the heart. The higher the pressure the harder the heart has to pump.

A nurse measures a woman's blood pressure in a clinic, Thailand
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