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High blood pressure
Hypertension is when your blood pressure is higher than 140/90 (or 130/80 for diabetics). The majority of people will develop hypertension at some point in their lives—90% of people age 80+ are hypertensive.
Should I be worried about my blood pressure?
One in every five Canadians suffers from hypertension, in other words, the pressure in their arteries is too high. The risk of high blood pressure increases with age: While only 10% of Canadians under the age of 45 have high blood pressure, that number climbs to 70% for those age 80 and over. Since hypertension increases the risk of experiencing a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack, it is important to get your pressure checked regularly.
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