high blood pressure

Pronunciation: (hy blud PREH-sher)

A blood pressure of 140/90 or higher. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms. It can harm the arteries and cause an increase in the risk of stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, and blindness. Also called hypertension.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2006-04-14 Date last modified: 2007-01-24