Understanding High Blood Pressure -- Diagnosis & Treatment
WebMD's guide to the diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure.
High Blood Pressure Diet
Learn the link between high blood pressure and diet, including ways to lower or prevent high blood pressure.
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 ...
Isolated Systolic High Blood Pressure - Topic Overview
In isolated systolic high blood pressure (isolated systolic hypertension,or ISH),systolic blood pressure is elevated (above 140 mm Hg),but diastolic blood pressure stays below 90 mm Hg. This type of high blood pressure is more common in older adults,especially older women. In fact,the majority of people older than 60 who have hypertension have isolated systolic hypertension. If you are ...
High Blood Pressure - Health Tools
Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Monitoring your blood pressure at home Taking your high blood pressure medications properly Tips for following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet ...
High Blood Pressure - What Happens
Blood pressure commonly rises as you get older; however, this normal increase occurs more quickly in people who already have high blood pressure.Untreated high blood pressure can damage the delicate lining of the blood vessels. Once a blood vessel is damaged, fat and calcium can easily build up along the artery wall, forming a plaque. The blood vessel becomes narrowed and stiff (atherosclerosis),
High Blood Pressure in African Americans - Topic Overview
African Americans are more likely to develop high blood pressure and often have more severe high blood pressure than other groups. They also are more likely to have the condition at an earlier age than others. It is not known why they are at greater risk. African Americans who are sensitive to salt ( sodium ),are obese,or smoke are at even higher risk for high blood pressure. As a result,...
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 ...
High Blood Pressure - Living With High Blood Pressure
Home treatment is important to help control high blood pressure, especially if you have other risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Even if your doctor has prescribed medication for you, there are still many steps you can take to lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Changes in lifestyle or behavior can help control high blood pressure and in some cases ..
Spinal Cord Injury: Autonomic Dysreflexia - Topic Overview
Autonomic dysreflexia is a syndrome in which there is a sudden onset of excessively high blood pressure. It is more common in people with spinal cord injuries that involve the thoracic nerves of the spine or above (T6 or above).Be prepared to call your spinal cord injury therapist, , or other emergency services if you or the person with the spinal cord injury (SCI) has the symptoms of autonomic dysreflexia. If you or a caregiver cannot treat it promptly and correctly, it may lead to seizures, stroke, and even death. Symptoms include:A pounding headache.A flushed face and/or red blotches on the skin above the level of spinal injury.Sweating above the level of spinal injury.Nasal stuffiness.Nausea.A slow heart rate (bradycardia).Goose bumps below the level of spinal injury.Cold, clammy skin below the level of spinal injury. If you feel you have autonomic dysreflexia:Sit up straight, or raise your head so you are looking straight ahead. If you can lower your legs, do so. You need to be