High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is a chronic medical condition in which the pressure of blood in the arteries gets elevated. When your heart beats, it pumps blood into your body to provide energy and oxygen it needs.
Risk & Complications
According to a study, high blood pressure is more common and severe in African Americans and develops at an earlier age as compared to Whites and Mexican-Americans. Among African Americans, women are more prone to high blood pressure as compared to men.
Type 2 diabetes is a disorder in which your body is not able to produce enough insulin or the cells fail to sense the presence of insulin. Although in response to this your pancreas may produce more insulin, eventually your pancreas become exhausted and stop producing insulin completely.
High blood pressure is associated with a greater risk of heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease. To reduce these risks associated with high blood pressure, JNC7 (Seventh report of the joint national committee on prevention, detection, evaluation, and treatment of high blood pressure) has provided a new classification.
Resources & References
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