Hypertension or Elevated blood pressure is perhaps one of the most common illnesses. Longstanding elevated blood pressure can cause damage to organs including the heart, kidneys, and brain.
Typically, a blood pressure of <140/80 mmHg is recommended. In some patients, a slightly higher blood pressure is acceptable. Very high blood pressures (>180mmHg) can be dangerous. Hypertensive Urgency or Emergency are conditions that refer to even higher blood pressures that can result in strokes and other end-organ damage. Keeping a log of your blood pressure and managing it with anti-hypertensive medications is crucial.