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About Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, occurs when the pressure within your arteries is too high. High blood pressure can damage your heart, kidneys, and other organs, and is a risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Low or high birth weight increases the risk for hypertension. Children born from pregnancies complicated by preeclampsia or maternal diabetes also have higher blood pressure in childhood and throughout their adult life.

Lowering blood pressure can help reduce the risk of hardened arteries, damaged organs, and inadequate blood supply to the heart and brain.

The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked by a health care professional. 

About UMMC Hypertension Care

UMMC offers evaluation and treatment for hypertension through its network of primary care physicians, specialists, support services, and outpatient clinics. Our team works together to get blood pressure numbers back in check.

At our hypertension management clinic, a multidisciplinary team of doctors, pharmacists, and nurses prescribe individual treatment plans and follow-up care to reduce high blood pressure and its associated risks. 

Hypertension care at UMMC