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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.

 

Holly Atkinson, MD

This video features Holly Atkinson, MD. Dr. Atkinson specializes in internal medicine and is an award-winning medical journalist.

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