This HND piece gives you the skinny on high blood pressure, including the nasty things it can cause. However, as with so many physiological parameters that can be easily measured, the acceptable numbers keep dropping—to sell more drugs.
And, unlike other easily measured parameters, medical science has no idea what causes hypertension, in most cases. When it occurs in oldsters, we can talk about loss of flexibility in the blood vessels, but...if such a state is a normal part of aging, what is inherently "wrong" with that? Most older folks' hair turns white, but no one says that's unhealthy, per se.
Certainly, if a 20-year-old has the typical BP of a 65-year-old, it might be cause for concern, but then, how many physiological signs are the same in these two vastly different cohorts?
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