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Blood pressure is the force your blood exerts on your artery walls. Hypertension is blood pressure greater than 140/90. The top (systolic) number is the force exerted as your heart contracts and pumps blood. The bottom (diastolic) number is the force exerted in the moment of rest between contractions. Untreated hypertension can lead to heart or kidney damage.
30 million Americans have hypertension and don't know it.
Our physicians specialize in helping patients learn to control blood pressure through a combination of behavior change and advanced medicine.
The Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease takes a multidisciplinary approach to helping you prevent heart disease and stroke — and that includes getting your blood pressure in check.