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Definition of high blood pressure 

: abnormally elevated blood pressure especially of the arteries also : hypertension

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Read more: Of course, some health conditions may be worsened by coffee consumption, including insomnia, anxiety, reflux disease (heartburn), high blood pressure, and cardia arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeat). Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Healthy Table: Daily cup or two of coffee may have health benefits," 13 May 2018 Seizure disorders, diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma are examples of chronic conditions that may impact your pregnancy. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Are you pondering pregnancy? Make sure your body is prepared for a baby," 8 May 2018 Managing high blood pressure will help decrease your stroke risk. Patty Jackson, Philly.com, "Patty Jackson: Don't ignore the warning signs of stroke like I did," 30 Apr. 2018 What started as a free baby wellness clinic has become a place where generations of poor and minorities depend on primary care with health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, HIV and drug addiction. Christine Willmsen, The Seattle Times, "Black Panther Party’s legacy to help sick, poor lives on at Seattle health clinic," 25 Apr. 2018 Incidence of atrial fibrillation increases with age, along with factors such as high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Wearable heart monitor catches undiagnosed atrial fibrillation, JAMA study finds," 10 July 2018 For serious health food enthusiasts, there is the juice pharmacy, which has drinks for different medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, colds, weight loss, detox cleanse and more. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "R&R Poké, offering Hawaiian-style raw fish and rice bowls, to open up in Wauwatosa soon," 29 June 2018 The most common of them are drugs such as hormonal birth control, beta-blockers (used for conditions such as high blood pressure, heart attacks, and migraines), and proton-pump inhibitors (used for acid reflux). Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Common drugs have depression as a possible side effect—a third of us take them," 15 June 2018 That means, the researchers write, that the drugs were responsible for more life years lost than high blood pressure, HIV/AIDs and pneumonia, and a tenth of those lost to cancer. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Opioids Are Now Responsible for 1 in 5 Deaths Among Young Adults," 2 June 2018

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1899, in the meaning defined above

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