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In the past one week recent times, we have seen more cases of stroke secondary to high blood pressure within a short space of time. This implies that people are not checking their blood pressure regularly or they are not taking antihypertensive medications as they should, or they have not been checking up with their doctors to know if the medications they are taking are working for them or not. Whatever the case, stroke (cerebrovascular accident) is a serious cause of morbidity and death in our environment. Stroke simply means

People know they should find time to check their blood pressure (BP), but many do not know what the right values should be. The blood pressure is more like the pressure in the aorta and large arteries (vessels carrying blood), like the brachial artery, which is the one at your elbow and is used for BP measurement. The instrument used is A SPHYGMOMANOMETER .   Blood pressure is reported as SYSTOLIC / DIASTOLIC in mmHg (millimeter of mercury). The systolic is the pressure when the heart contracts, and the diastolic

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