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  1. 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.

  2. 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 ...

  3. High Blood Pressure and Drug Safety

    Some common medicines can raise your blood pressure. Which should you avoid when you have high blood pressure?

  4. Atherosclerosis and High Blood Pressure

    High blood pressure is a major cause of atherosclerosis, the artery-clogging process that leads to heart attacks and strokes. Learn what you can do.

  5. Know Your Blood Pressure Numbers

    WebMD explains what diastolic and systolic blood pressure numbers mean and why it’s important to keep track of them.

  6. 5 Tips on Reducing Salt Intake

    Cut down the salt in your diet with these tips.

  7. Which Type of Blood Pressure Do You Have?

    Do you have essential or secondary high blood pressure? WebMD explains the difference, including underlying causes and treatment.

  8. Diagnosing High Blood Pressure

    WebMD tells you how hypertension is diagnosed.

  9. Questions to Ask Your Doctor About High Blood Pressure

    Good communication between you and your doctor is important if you have high blood pressure. WebMD provides questions you might want to ask.

  10. When to Call Your Doctor About High Blood Pressure

    When should you call your doctor if you have high blood pressure? Find out here from the experts at WebMD.

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