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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
A condition in which the blood pressure generated by the left ventricle and the circulatory system is higher than established norms. High blood pressure can be caused by a variety of heart, circulatory system and other organ diseases. High blood pressure is often without significant symptoms but is a potentially serious problem that can lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and heart failure. High blood pressure is easily detected with a routine physical exam and can be treated through a variety of medications, diet, and exercise.


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