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Hypertension (medical condition): High blood pressure
Hypertension (medical condition): Hypertension is the condition of having high blood pressure. It is very common and affects around 50 million Americans of which about 30% are not yet diagnosed (NHLBI). Hypertension is an under-diagnosed condition because it causes damage to the body with no symptoms or only mild symptoms. It has been called a "silent killer" for this reason.
Correct diagnosis of the cause of high blood pressure is important. Most cases of chronic hypertension are "primary hypertension" but a small percentage are "secondary hypertension" where the rise in blood pressure is caused by another underlying condition. Hypertension during pregnancy is another common special case; it is called gestational hypertension, preeclampsia or eclampsia depending on its severity.
Hypertension: Blood pressure measures the force of blood against the walls of your blood vessels. Blood pressure that remains high over... (Source: excerpt from High Blood Pressure and Kidney Disease: NIDDK)
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