Harvard Heart Letter

Lowering blood pressure: How low should you go?

Blood pressure that is
neither too low nor too high nets better health.

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The dangers of hypertension are well documented, but low blood pressure levels can cause problems, too.

Over time, high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) wreaks havoc in the circulatory system. It is a key contributor to heart attack and stroke. That's why millions of people each day take medicine to lower their blood pressure, with excellent results.

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