Hypertension meaning

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Hypertension is defined as abnormally high blood pressure, the force at which blood is pumped into the heart when it comes from the arteries.
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Smoking.
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Drinking a lot of alcohol.
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Eating very salty and fatty foods.
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Experiencing a lot of stress.
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African-Americans.
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People who are obese.
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People over 60 years old.

An example of hypertension is a heart that has to work extra hard to properly circulate blood through the body, increasing the size of the heart muscle and causing the heart chambers to get bigger, and either too weak or too stiff to pump blood properly.

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Elevated pressure or tension of a body fluid, as of the intraocular or cerebrospinal fluids.
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Any abnormally high tension.
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Abnormally high blood pressure, or a disease of which this is the chief sign.
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Elevated pressure or tension of a body fluid, as of the intraocular or cerebrospinal fluids.
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Abnormally high blood pressure, especially in the arteries. High blood pressure increases the risk for heart attack and stroke.
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(pathology) The disease or disorder of abnormally high blood pressure.
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Origin of hypertension

  • hyper- +‎ tension

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