High blood pressure, or hypertension, usually has no symptoms, but can seriously damage the body—raising the risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and other problems. A healthy blood pressure is below 120/80 mm Hg. The first number (systolic pressure) is the pressure inside arteries when the heart is contracting; the second (diastolic pressure) measures the pressure when the heart is relaxed.

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