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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines hypertension (high blood pressure) to be “a common condition in which long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough to eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease.” High blood pressure generally develops over many years and affects nearly everyone eventually. Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases your risk of serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke. Even if there are no obvious symptoms, damage to blood vessels and your heart continue and can be detected. Most people show no signs or symptoms, even if blood pressure readings reach dangerously high levels.

Few people with high blood pressure might experience the following symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nosebleeds

Since it’s rare to experience any obvious side effects of hypertension, it’s important to have your blood pressure taken at least every two years starting at age 18. If you’re age 40 or older, or at a high risk of high blood pressure, ask your doctor for a blood pressure reading every year.

The Atlanta Center for Medical Research was founded in 1982 by Dr. Robert A. Riesenberg and is now one of the largest and most respected medical research institutions in the country. ACMR’s 150,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, open-source research facility is a game changer for the medical research world. ACMR’s practices set the standard for medical research, facilitating the availability of safe and effective medicine to people everywhere.

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