Hypertension is the leading cause of stroke, heart disease, renal complications and premature death. However, very few of us really have the awareness that the condition is nothing but high blood pressure.

Dr. Vikas Chopra, Sr. Consultant Interventional Cardiologist-Department of Cardiology, Primus Super Speciality Hospital,New Delhi says, “Yes, hypertension is commonly known as high blood pressure and can result due to many issues like family history, sedentary lifestyle, age, poor diet and stress among others. The pressure in arteries when the heart beats are known as systolic blood pressure and the pressure in arteries when the heart rests is called diastolic blood pressure.”

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