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Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure

What is heart disease?

Cardiovascular diseases, or heart diseases, are conditions that damage the heart and blood vessels. When healthy, the heart pumps blood through the body's arteries to deliver oxygen. Heart disease makes this more difficult over time, weakening the heart muscle, restricting blood flow, and causing severe damage. Many factors can lead to heart disease. Some people are born with heart problems, while others build over time. Diet and exercise among others can help prevent or slow heart disease.

Heart disease can develop because of other diseases like diabetes, due to unhealthy lifestyle choices, or having other risk factors. 

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a medical condition where the heart pumps blood through the body with too much force. Blood vessels in different parts of the body can narrow or rupture. This can lead to problems with your cardiovascular system, along with vision changes, blindness, heart attack, heart failure, and stroke. But there are steps you can take today to reduce your risk of hypertension and heart disease.  

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