What Happens When You Get High Blood Pressure?

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Because the diagnosis of high blood pressure depends on blood pressure readings, it's essential that blood pressure be measured carefully. Avoid strenuous exercise, smoking, eating, and drinking caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea, colas) for at least one hour before you have your blood pressure taken. You should be seated for at least five minutes before the reading is taken, and you should not talk while your blood pressure is being measured. Two readings should be recorded and...

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