High Blood Pressure

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High Blood Pressure By: Matthias Hawkins As many people may think they know what high blood pressure is, there is even a greater amount that actually have it. Although high blood pressure may not be an illness that you can physically and distinctively see, you do see its affects daily on friends and family, and it definitely plays a huge role on American society as well as on the rest of the world. Throughout this essay the reader will be enlightened on what high blood pressure is exactly, when and why someone may get it, the symptoms, along with what it does to your body, and how to prevent and treat it. In order to understand High Blood Pressure, it is first important and necessary to understand what blood pressure is and how it occurs. The body’s tissues depend on nourishment from the blood in order to function properly and survive. Blood circulates to all of a person’s body tissues through a network of blood vessels and organs known as the circulatory system. An easy way to recognize what part of your body is the circulatory system is by realizing that a person’s blood is entirely contained in the circulatory system. This includes the various vessels, veins, arteries, and organs such as the lungs and heart. Like many already know, blood does not move through the circulatory system by itself. Rather, it is forced through the circulatory system by the heart. The heart works as a pump to move the blood to the rest of the body. The force of the heart’s muscular contractions exert pressure onto the blood, forcing it to flow through the blood vessels. The blood vessel walls contain the force exerted by the heart, pushing back on the blood and providing it only one avenue of forward movement; through the circulatory system in a continual loop or circle, hence the name circulatory system. Now that you have an idea about
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