A condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high.

Usually hypertension is defined as blood pressure

above 140/90, and is considered severe

if the pressure is above 180/120.

High blood pressure often has no symptoms. Over time, if untreated

it can cause health conditions, such as heart disease and stroke.

Eating a healthier diet with less salt

exercising regularly

and taking medication can help lower blood pressure.