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Get Your Blood Pressure Checked 


The Basics

Check your blood pressure at least every 2 years starting at age 18. It’s important to check your blood pressure often, especially if you are over age 40.

High blood pressure is the same as hypertension.
The medical term for high blood pressure is hypertension (“hy-puhr-TEHN-shun”). High blood pressure has no signs or symptoms. The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to get tested.

By taking steps to lower your blood pressure, you can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. Lowering your blood pressure can also help you live a longer, healthier life.

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