Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. Hypertension is a common medical condition where, over time, the force of blood pushing against artery walls can eventually lead to health problems, such as heart disease.
Blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood your heart pumps as well as the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure. This higher pressure puts extra strain on your heart and blood vessels. In addition to a greater risk of a heart attack or stroke, the extra strain of hypertension can also lead to kidney disease, and is closely linked to some types of dementia. Read More »