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There are many ways to measure health, but one stands out as a key to longevity and wellness: blood pressure. While it might seem like a trivial part of your yearly check-ups, the truth is that monitoring blood pressure gives you a quick and clear indicator of how your heart is doing.

First, the basics: Blood pressure is just a measurement of the pressure it takes for your heart to pump blood through your body. The biggest concern for most people, especially as they age, is high blood pressure. Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure is when the pressure stays high over significant time, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

High blood pressure can lead to a whole host of issues in the long term. Namely, it contributes to the leading causes of death in the US: heart disease and stroke.

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