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Off the Cuff: Measuring Blood Pressure
High blood pressure doesn't cause symptoms, so it's important to know your levels.
You know the drill: You extend your arm, the doctor or nurse wraps a cuff around it, and your blood pressure is checked. But how does everything work—the cuff, valve, gauge, and numbers? And what’s the big deal about blood pressure anyway?
The Silent Killer
You can’t necessarily feel high blood pressure, but don’t let that deceive you. Hypertension—a consistent blood pressure level of 140/90 mm Hg or higher—can take a life-threatening toll on your blood vessels, heart, and brain for years without causing any symptoms. That’s why high blood pressure is often called the silent killer.
The only way to find out whether you have hypertension is to have your blood pressure checked. Continue reading...
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