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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 HT), also known as high blood pressure or arterial hypertension, is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated. Blood pressure is expressed by two measurements, the systolic and diastolic pressures, which are the maximum and minimum pressures, respectively, in the arterial system. The systolic pressure occurs when the left ventricle is most contracted; the diastolic pressure occurs when the left ventricle is most relaxed prior to the next contraction. Normal blood pressure at rest is within the range of 100–140 millimeters mercury (mmHg) systolic and 60–90 mmHg diastolic. Hypertension is present if the resting blood pressure is persistently at or above 140/90 mmHg for most adults; different numbers apply to children.

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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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