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  1. High Blood Pressure Treatment Guidelines - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. High Blood Pressure: Should I Take Medicine?

  2. Coronary Artery Disease - Symptoms

    Typically, the earliest symptoms of coronary artery disease (CAD) are chest pain, also called angina, and shortness of breath with exertion. Other symptoms of coronary artery disease include a fast heartbeat, weakness, dizziness, nausea, and increased perspiration.Heart attack symptoms in men and women often differ. Men usually have the typical type of chest pain that comes with exertion and ...

  3. High Blood Pressure - Prevention

    A new study on the prevention of high blood pressure recommends six lifestyle changes. These strategies are especially important for people who have risk factors for high blood pressure that cannot be changed, including family history, race, and aging.Lifestyle changes include:13Maintaining a normal weight, with a body mass index (BMI) of 18.5 to 24.9.Reducing sodium in your diet to about a day, .

  4. High Blood Pressure - Topic Overview

    What is high blood pressure? When you have high blood pressure, or hypertension, the force of blood against your artery walls is too strong. High blood pressure can damage your arteries, heart, and kidneys and lead to atherosclerosis and stroke. Hypertension is called a "silent killer'' because it does not cause symptoms unless it is severely high and, without your knowing it, it causes major ...

  5. 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 .

  6. High Blood Pressure Treatment Guidelines - Topic Overview

    The U.S. National Institutes of Health publishes guidelines for doctors on high blood pressure classification and treatment. The guidelines are called the Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee (JNC 7) on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure.1If you have high blood pressure, your doctor will give you a blood pressure goal that is based on your health. For example, your goal will depend on whether you have other conditions such as diabetes, heart failure, coronary artery disease, or chronic kidney disease. Be sure you know your blood pressure goal.Blood pressure classification Blood pressure Classification140/90 or aboveHigh120/80 to 139/89Prehypertension119/79 or belowNormalTreatment for high blood pressureBlood pressureTreatmentBlood pressure of 120–139 over 80–89 (prehypertension)Lifestyle changesHigh blood pressure of 140–159 over 90–99Lifestyle changes, possibly medicinesHigh blood pressure of 160 over 100 or higherMedicines

  7. 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 .

  8. High Blood Pressure - Cause

    Many different factors are linked to high blood pressure, including obesity; drinking 3 or more alcoholic beverages a day; high salt intake; aging; a sedentary lifestyle; stress; low potassium, magnesium, and calcium intake; and resistance to insulin.2, 3Primary, or essential, high blood pressure accounts for 95% of all cases of hypertension.4Secondary high blood pressure, which is caused by ...

  9. Coronary Artery Disease - Medications

    Many people have difficulty correctly taking their medications for coronary artery disease (CAD). Often, they need to take several medications at different times of the day. Also, for some people, the medications are not affordable. However, medications are often an essential key to treatment, and people who do not take them as prescribed have an increased risk of complications and ...

  10. Heart Attack Causes and Treatments

    WebMD explores the causes of heart attacks, along with treatments and tips for maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle.

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