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Hypertension (high blood pressure) is abnormally high blood pressure. High blood pressure puts extra strain on the heart, lungs, brain, and kidneys. It carries with it an increased risk of death and disability from heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, and kidney disease.

High blood pressure is very common but cannot be seen or felt. The best way to know if you have high blood pressure is to keep track of your numbers. You can get your blood pressure checked at your doctors office, at home, or at your local pharmacy. It doesn't matter where you get it checked, just make sure to get your blood pressure checked regularly.

Risk factors do not mean you will get high blood pressure but that you have an increased chance of developing it. Fortunately, there are also factors that can help you prevent high blood pressure or lower your blood pressure if you already have high blood pressure.