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Hypertension- Understanding Blood Pressure Numbers

Two numbers make up your overall blood pressure,systolic & diastolic. Only one needs to be high for you to have high blood pressure or hypertension.

Primary hypertension is when your blood pressure is elevated suddenly due to seemingly unknown reasons. In this video, Dr. Holly Atkinson explains how a doctor finds your blood pressure and talks about the difference between systolic and diastolic pressure.


Dr Holly Atkinson

This video features Dr Holly Atkinson. Dr. Holly Atkinson specializes in Internal Medicine and is an award-winning medical journalist. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine as well as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Duration: 2:59. Last Updated On: Nov. 8, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
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