A 36-year-old member asked:
how do i know exactly what is blood pressure and what are the risks if you have high blood pressure?
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Dr. Peter Banitt answered
32 years experience Cardiology
Blood Pressure: The heart pumps blood through the arteries of the body to the muscles and various organs. Blood pressure refers to the pressure inside the arteries of the body. Each heart beat pushes the blood forward under pressure. The forcefulness of the heart beat and the degree of artery constriction / relaxation determines the blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to a stroke or heart attack.
Answered on Apr 5, 2014
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