Clinical Manifestations

Although in the past a "hard pulse" or "dropsical swellings" (edema) may have signaled hypertension, today the only acceptable way to detect the condition is through the use of the blood pressure cuff (sphygmomanometer). Because the disease is usually asymptomatic, essential hypertension has been appropriately termed the "silent killer." Undetected and uncontrolled, it can damage the arteries, the kidneys, and the heart, and, as several important long-term studies revealed, hypertension is a precursor to premature death from coronary heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, kidney (renal) failure, and atherosclerosis.

Blood Pressure Health

Blood Pressure Health

Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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