What Is Hypertension?

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Hypertension is commonly known as high blood pressure and is diagnosed when blood pressure readings are above 140/90. Find out how there is rarely a known cause for hypertension, though incidents do increase with age, with information from a board-certified cardiologist in this free video on heart health.

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Hi, my name is Eric Frischhertz. I'm a cardiologist in Austin, Texas with CapitalCardio.com. I'm here to answer the question, what is hypertension. Hypertension is more commonly know as high blood pressure. And it's a very common ailment; ninety percent of the time we can never figure out what causes high blood pressure. It simply happens, and it does tend to increase in incidence, meaning the occurrence of the disease or the diagnosis of the disease increases as patients age. No one knows exactly why this is the case, and the numbers that we use when we measure blood pressure determine whether or not you have hypertension, are based on the systolic and diastolic pressures. The Systolic pressure is the pressure when the heart contracts and the maximum number before hypertension is one hundred forty. Any number above that is considered high. The number on the bottom is the diastolic pressure which is the pressure when the heart is relaxed. And the highest number acceptable for that is ninety. Anything above that would be considered hypertension.

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