What is the difference between high blood pressure and hypertension? What counts as high blood pressure? What are the effects of hypertension on your heart and the rest of your body? Leigh Simmons, M.D., General Internist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Medical Director of the Mass General Health Decisions Sciences Center discusses hypertension and how people can manage their high blood pressure.

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0:00 – Intro
0:30 – High blood pressure vs. hypertension
0:50 – What counts as high blood pressure?
1:10 – What do the numbers mean on blood pressure readings?
1:34 – Effects of hypertension on the body
2:09 – What diseases can hypertension lead to?
2:25 – Are there any symptoms of hypertension?
2:50 – What lifestyle changes can lower my blood pressure?
3:25 – When is medication needed?
4:12 – When to stop taking medication
4:55 – Who needs to be concerned about high blood pressure?

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