High blood pressure (hypertension)
It's normal for blood pressure to go up and down throughout the day. But if it stays up, you have high blood pressure.
High blood pressure increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other problems. You and your doctor will talk about your risks of these problems based on your blood pressure.
Your doctor will give you a goal for your blood pressure. Your goal will be based on your health and your age.
High blood pressure is also called hypertension. It can be managed with lifestyle changes and medicines.
Current as of: January 10, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine