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    High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, affects millions -- even children and teens. WebMD's High Blood Pressure Guide has all the information you need to understand and manage your blood pressure. Learn all about causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Even discover natural ways to manage your blood pressure and stay well. Let's get started!

    High Blood Pressure Basics

    Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a common condition that will catch up with most people who live into older age.

    Learn all about the basics of blood pressure and high blood pressure: an overview of risk factors, causes, diagnosis, and treatment.

    Find out what the top and the bottom blood pressure numbers mean and make sure your numbers are on target.

    If you are African-American, what can you do to avoid developing high blood pressure? Find out how you can protect yourself from this serious health condition.

    Why is high blood pressure in children a growing problem? What can you do to protect your child from this threat?

    Causes

    Discover what causes high blood pressure. Start today to change the risk factors you can control.

    Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments of renal artery stenosis.

    Find out if your medications are making your blood pressure rise.

    Are You at Risk?

    Prehypertension is a warning sign that you may get high blood pressure in the future. Are you at risk?

    The exact cause of hypertension is unknown, but there are several factors and conditions that may contribute to its occurrence. Learn about high blood pressure risk factors here.

    Evaluate your personal health and your risks for big health problems.

    Prevention

    About one in every four American adults has high blood pressure -- also know as hypertension. Learn the simple steps you can take, from maintaining a healthy weight to the dietary supplements that may help.

     

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