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High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure. But because there are often no symptoms, hypertension is sometimes called a “silent killer.” One in three adults in the United States has high blood pressure.
This podcast explains what causes high blood pressure, how it’s diagnosed and treated. Among the topics: what do the numbers mean in a blood pressure reading, what is the role of diet and exercise in controlling blood pressure and is there a cure for high blood pressure?
In an interview with Bill Seiler, Matthew R. Weir, M.D., head of nephrology at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore and professor of medicine and head of the Division of Nephrology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, also explains the connection between high blood pressure and kidney disease.
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