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What is hypertension? How is it harmful for the body?

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asked Aug 19, 2016 in Biology by Rahul Roy (7,895 points) 31 96 261

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answered Aug 19, 2016 by Annu Priya (17,871 points) 21 40 65
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Hypertension (HTN or HT), also known as high blood pressure (HBP), is a long term medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated.

A condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high.

Usually hypertension is defined as blood pressure above 140/90, and is considered severe if the pressure is above 180/120.

Hypertension is harmful because it can cause,

  • Stroke

  • Heart attack, angina, or both

  • Heart failure

  • Kidney failure

  • Peripheral arterial disease

  • Retinal problems (retinopathy)

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