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Prognosis

The prognosis for hypertension depends on:

  • How long you've had it

  • How severe it is

  • If you have other conditions (such as diabetes) that increase the risk of complications

Hypertension can lead to a poor prognosis even if you do not have symptoms.

When high blood pressure is treated adequately, the prognosis is much better. Both lifestyle changes and medicines can control your blood pressure.

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