Hypertension is the term used to describe high blood pressure. Essential hypertension means that the cause of high blood pressure is not known.
Blood pressure measures the force against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps blood through your body.
Blood pressure readings are usually given as two numbers -- for example, 120 over 80 (written as 120/80 mmHg). One or both of these numbers can be too high.
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