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Early detection of high blood pressure can limit damage to your heart and arteries
Washington Post

High blood pressure triggers more heart attacks and strokes in the United States than any other cause; it kills more people worldwide than smoking, diabetes or obesity. Yet simple lifestyle changes often lower blood pressure significantly. When they don’t, drugs usually can. Your heart is a powerful muscle that pumps blood through your arteries. To withstand that pressure, healthy arteries should be flexible. Anything that makes them less supple — advancing age, a genetic predisposition, certain medications and risk factors such as inactivity, obesity and smoking, for example — can make blood pressure rise.

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