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  • High blood pressure and heart disease are indelibly linked in our culture. Both are primary health concerns, and both have specific causes and symptoms. You should be aware of what they are and how to avoid them.

    High Blood Pressure

    According to the Mayo Clinic's physician-maintained website, high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a result of your heart pumping increased amounts of blood and the narrowing of the arteries.

    Causes

    According to the Mayo Clinic, there are many causes of high blood pressure, and most of them can be avoided. These include obesity, lack of exercise, consuming too much salt, smoking, drinking excessively, high stress levels, and lack of potassium and vitamin D in the diet. Other factors are beyond our control.

    Diagnosis

    According to WebMD, if you have a blood pressure of 140/90 or higher taken on two separate occasions, then, by definition, you have high blood pressure.

    Heart Disease

    According to the Mayo Clinic, heart disease encompasses a wide range of heart afflictions including coronary artery disease, heartbeat arrhythmia and congenital heart defects.

    The Link

    According to the Mayo Clinic, heart disease can be caused by narrowed arteries. As we have seen, high blood pressure can result in this affliction. This is crucial to understanding how high blood pressure can be one of the causes of heart disease.

    Source:

    Mayo Clinic information on high blood pressure

    WebMD's information page on high blood pressure

    Mayo Clinic information on heart disease

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