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  1. Healthwise Self-Care Checklist - Step 3. Make an Action Plan

    What do you think is wrong?What have you decided to do about it? ...

  2. Healthwise Self-Care Checklist - Step 1. Observe the Problem

    When did it start? What are the symptoms?If you have pain, is it a dull ache or stabbing pain?Measure your vital signs: temperature, pulse, breaths (respiration rate), and blood pressure.Think back: Have you had this problem before?What did you do for it?Have there been any recent changes in your life (stress, medications, food, exercise, etc.)?Does anyone else at home or work have these symptoms?

  3. Heart and High Blood Pressure Resources

    Helpful resources about high blood pressure and the heart.

  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. 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 ...

  7. 5 Misconceptions About High Blood Pressure

    There are many misconceptions out there about high blood pressure and its treatment. We explain five of the most common myths.

  8. 5 Tips on Reducing Salt Intake

    Cut down the salt in your diet with these tips.

  9. 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.

  10. High Blood Pressure and Hypertensive Heart Disease

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

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