Harvard Health Letter

Explaining high blood pressure

Ask the doctor Q. What causes high blood pressure? A. My answer is going to start in your back yard; stay with me. You’re holding a hose, you turn on the water, and it shoots through the hose and out the nozzle. The water is moving because it’s under pressure. Similarly, when your heart beats it creates pressure that enables your blood to “water” your body with the nutrients that…

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