What is hypertension?
Hypertension means “high blood pressure.” High blood pressure (HBP) is when the force of the blood pushing on the blood vessel walls is too high. When someone has high blood pressure:
- The heart must pump harder.
- The arteries (blood vessels that carry the blood away from the heart) are strained as they carry blood.
- Once you have primary hypertension, you usually have it for life.