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  1. Healthwise Self-Care Checklist - Step 4. Evaluate Your Progress

    Are you getting better or worse? ...

  2. Heart and High Blood Pressure Resources

    Helpful resources about high blood pressure and the heart.

  3. Aldosterone in Urine

    An aldosterone test measures the level of aldosterone (a hormone made by the adrenal glands ),in the urine. Aldosterone helps regulate sodium and potassium levels in the body. This helps control blood pressure and the balance of fluids and electrolytes in the blood. The kidney hormone renin normally stimulates the adrenal glands to release aldosterone. High levels of both renin and ...

  4. Renin Assay

    A renin blood test, or plasma renin activity (PRA) test, is done to determine the cause of high blood pressure (hypertension). Renin is an enzyme produced by specific cells in the kidneys.

  5. Catecholamines in Blood

    A test for catecholamines measures the amount of the hormones epinephrine,norepinephrine,metanephrine,and dopamine in the blood. These catecholamines are made by nerve tissue,the brain,and the adrenal glands. Catecholamines help the body respond to stress or fright and prepare the body for "fight-or-flight" reactions. The adrenal glands make large amounts of catecholamines as a reaction ...

  6. 5 Tips on Reducing Salt Intake

    Cut down the salt in your diet with these tips.

  7. High Blood Pressure and the Heart

    The human heart is an amazing machine. WebMD explains how it works.

  8. High Blood Pressure and Smoking

    Smokers are more likely to develop high blood pressure and heart disease. Here are some tips from WebMD to help you quit smoking.

  9. High Blood Pressure and Hypertensive Heart Disease

    WebMD explains hypertensive heart disease -- the number one cause of death associated with hypertension.

  10. Questions to Ask Your Doctor About High Blood Pressure

    Good communication between you and your doctor is important if you have high blood pressure. Here are a few questions you may want to ask.

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