High Blood Pressure Basics

High blood pressure has earned the name "the silent killer" because it can damage your body before you experience any symptoms.

In this interview, Dr. David Stewart, chief of family and community medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center, covers the basics of high blood pressure including how it is diagnosed and the difference between pre-hypertension and high blood pressure. While it often has no symptoms, high blood pressure can damage the brain, eyes, hearts, kidneys and blood vessel system.

In this interview with Sharon Boston, Dr. Stewart also offers tips for preventing high blood pressure. Dr. Stewart is also chairman and associate professor of family and community medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

This page was last updated: September 11, 2014

         
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