A condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high.
Treatable by a medical professional
Requires a medical diagnosis
Lab tests or imaging not required
Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
Usually hypertension is defined as blood pressure above 140/90, and is considered severe if the pressure is above 180/120.
High blood pressure often has no symptoms. Over time, if untreated, it can cause health conditions, such as heart disease and stroke.
Eating a healthier diet with less salt, exercising regularly and taking medication can help lower blood pressure.