Definition of hypertension
1 : abnormally high blood pressure and especially arterial blood pressure
2 : the systemic condition accompanying high blood pressure
Examples of hypertension in a Sentence
He's being treated for hypertension.
Recent Examples of hypertension from the Web
Akrawi also has refused to take medications for hypertension and hyperthyroidism, Branch wrote.
Obesity, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and lower-extremity amputations are all far higher among people of color than among whites.
Louis Aronne, a doctor at Weill-Cornell Medicine in New York, compared obesity to hypertension, which was once regarded as a lifestyle issue and is now a field with scores of drugs.
People who are most susceptible to serious illness and hospitalization associated with West Nile are those over 50 years of age and people with underlying medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes and hypertension.
Allan B. Schwartz, M.D., is a professor of medicine in the division of nephrology and hypertension at Drexel University College of Medicine.
The flowers contain anthocyanins that are beneficial for patients with mild hypertension, Olivo said.
The highest one for any generic prescription drug is $5, and there's no co-pay for drugs to treat chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.
Hypertension may sound a bit boring, but in reality high blood pressure is like a cat burglar.
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Did You Know?
You might have thought that hypertension was what a movie audience feels near the climax of a thriller, but you would have been wrong. High blood pressure—that is high pressure against the walls of your veins and arteries caused by blood flow—often occurs when the arteries or veins become blocked or narrowed, making the heart work harder to pump blood. But many cases seem to be the result of smoking or taking in too much salt, and many are genetically caused. Hypertension is serious, since it can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Though it often produces no warning symptoms, your blood pressure can be checked quickly and easily by a nurse. If it's high, it can usually be controlled by stopping smoking, losing weight, lowering your salt intake, and exercising—and if all else fails, by medication.
Origin and Etymology of hypertension
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1893See Words from the same year
HYPERTENSION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hypertension for English Language Learners
medical : high blood pressure
HYPERTENSION Defined for Kids
Definition of hypertension for Students
: a medical condition marked by abnormally high blood pressure
Medical Definition of hypertension
1: abnormally high arterial blood pressure that is usually indicated by an adult systolic blood pressure of 140 mm Hg or greater or a diastolic blood pressure of 90 mm Hg or greater, is chiefly of unknown cause but may be attributable to a preexisting condition (as a renal or endocrine disorder), that typically results in a thickening and inelasticity of arterial walls and hypertrophy of the left heart ventricle, and that is a risk factor for various pathological conditions or events (as heart attack, heart failure, stroke, end-stage renal disease, or retinal hemorrhage)—see essential hypertension, secondary hypertension, white coat hypertension
2: a systemic condition resulting from hypertension that is either symptomless or is accompanied especially by dizziness, palpitations, fainting, or headache
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