Blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure. High blood pressure, known as hypertension, generally develops over many years. Uncontrolled hypertension increases your risk of serious health problems, including heart attack, stroke and kidney problems. Luckily, hypertension can be controlled with careful treatment and monitoring. On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program, nephrologist Dr. Vincent Canzanello will discuss treatment and prevention of hypertension. Also on the program, Dr. Chet Rihal, division chair, Cardiovascular Diseases, will discuss causes, treatment and prevention of coronary artery disease. And, keeping the heart in mind, transplant surgeon Dr. Richard Daly shares the latest numbers from Mayo Clinic’s Heart Transplant Program.
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