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HBP Patient Guide

What is Blood Pressure? When your heart pumps blood through the blood vessels, the blood pushes against the walls of your blood vessels. This creates blood pressure. Your body needs blood pressure to move the blood throughout your body, so every part of your body can get the oxygen it needs. Healthy arteries (the blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body) are elastic. They can stretch to allow more blood to push through them. How much they stretch depends on how hard the blood pushes against the artery walls. For your arteries to stay healthy, it’s important that your blood pressure be within a healthy range. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help keep your blood pressure in that range. We’ll talk about that more later in this guide. For some people, blood pressure can get too high. This is true for about one-third of American adults (33.0%). This can cause health problems that need to be dealt with as you work with your healthcare provider. We’ll talk about this, too, later in the guide. 3


HBP Patient Guide
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