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  1. Topic Overview

    If you have symptoms of giant cell arteritis (GCA) and your doctor believes you may have it,he or she may order a temporal artery biopsy to make sure. Giant cell arteritis can occur at various points along an artery. To test for giant cell arteritis,your doctor may have a surgeon take a sample of a blood vessel on your temple and test it for inflammation. If a temporal artery biopsy shows no ...

  2. High Blood Pressure - Exams and Tests

    In most cases, extensive tests are not needed to diagnose high blood pressure. If a blood pressure measurement shows your systolic and/or diastolic blood pressure is high, usually two more measurements at separate times will be done to confirm that you have high blood pressure. Routine testsA physical exam and a medical history are routinely used to evaluate high blood pressure. Additional blood .

  3. High Blood Pressure - What Increases Your Risk

    Risk factors for high blood pressure include:A family history of high blood pressure. Aging.Race. African Americans are more likely to develop high blood pressure, often have more severe high blood pressure, and are more likely to develop the condition at an earlier age than others. Why they are at greater risk is not known.Sodium (salt) intake.Drinking more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day.Being

  4. High Blood Pressure - Other Treatment

    In addition to making lifestyle changes, several other nondrug methods of reducing blood pressure can be tried.None of the methods listed below are proven to consistently lower high blood pressure. However, these methods generally are considered to be safe and may have other benefits besides lowering blood pressure.Although there may be an association between a particular stressful situation and .

  5. High Blood Pressure - Treatment Overview

    Treatment for high blood pressure depends on the severity of the disease and whether you have other health problems, such as heart failure or diabetes, or you are pregnant. Your doctor may want you to try lifestyle changes first, including losing weight, increasing activity, and eating a balanced diet. If your blood pressure is above a certain level, your doctor may prescribe medication along ...

  6. High Blood Pressure: Taking Medicines Properly

    High blood pressure is a lifelong disease that, if not controlled, can lead to heart or kidney disease and stroke. Even though you may not feel sick when you have high blood pressure, taking your medicine exactly as directed helps lower your risk for these conditions. The amount and types of medications you take will depend on your blood pressure reading, whether you have organ damage from high ..

  7. High Blood Pressure - Symptoms

    People with primary (essential) high blood pressure usually do not have any symptoms. Most people with high blood pressure feel fine and only find out they have high blood pressure during a routine exam or a doctor visit for another problem.Very severe high blood pressure (160 over 100 or higher), especially if your blood pressure rises very high quickly, may lead to hypertensive crisis. Symptoms

  8. Izzy's Story: Living With the DASH Diet - Izzy's story

    "I'm a believer!" That's the proclamation from Izzy,a 60-year-old clerk from Petaluma,Calif. She's talking about a way of eating that helped her lose weight and brought her blood pressure way down. "If there were a commercial for the DASH diet,I'd volunteer to be a spokesperson," says Izzy. The DASH diet is an eating plan that is low in fat but rich in low-fat dairy foods,fruits,and ...

  9. Sodium and High Blood Pressure - Topic Overview

    Eating a lot of sodium (salt) is linked with high blood pressure. Reducing salt in the diet can prevent high blood pressure in those at risk for the disease and can help control high blood pressure in elderly people. African Americans,older adults,and people with diabetes may benefit most from lowering their dietary sodium intake. People who are more sensitive to sodium include: People with ...

  10. Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors for High Blood Pressure

    Drug details for ACE inhibitors for high blood pressure.

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