The Dangers of Chronic High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
The relentless stress of chronic high blood pressure causes the heart to work harder and the arteries to age faster, making them more likely to rupture.

The Dangers of Chronic High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Maintaining normal blood pressure should be your goal. Here's why.

At rest, a normal heart beats 60 to 100 times a minute, depending on your age and level of fitness. This means your heart beats at least 86,400 times a day or 31,536,000 times a year. That's a lot of work for a muscle the size of your fist. And just like any other muscle that is exercised, the heart will grow bigger when it is forced to strain.

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    At rest, a normal heart beats 60 to 100 times a minute, depending on your age and level of fitness. This means your heart beats at least 86,400 times a day or 31,536,000 times a year. That's a lot of work for a muscle the size of your fist. And just like any other muscle that is...

    Continue Reading