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  1. Understanding High Blood Pressure -- Prevention

    4 tips to prevent high blood pressure.

  2. High Blood Pressure Diet

    Learn the link between high blood pressure and diet, including ways to lower or prevent high blood pressure.

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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,...

  5. Automated Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring - Topic Overview

    An ambulatory blood pressure monitor is a small device that is worn throughout the day,usually for 24 or 48 hours. The device periodically inflates and takes blood pressure measurements,which are recorded for later printout and analysis. The devices are usually loaned by a clinic or hospital. Ambulatory blood pressure monitors are valuable for diagnosing and treating high blood pressure in ...

  6. Blood Pressure Numbers: When to Get Help - Topic Overview

    If you check your blood pressure, you may wonder when an abnormal reading means you should call your doctor. This information can help you understand what your blood pressure numbers mean and when you need to call for help.What do blood pressure numbers mean?Your blood pressure consists of two numbers: systolic and diastolic. Someone with a systolic pressure of 117 and a diastolic pressure of 78 has a blood pressure of 117/78, or 117 over 78.Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 (120 over 80).If the first (systolic) number is:OR the second (diastolic) number is:Your blood pressure is:1120 to 13980 to 89Higher than normal (prehypertension)140 to 15990 to 99High 160 or more100 or moreVery highIn general, the lower your blood pressure, the better. A blood pressure reading of less than 90/60 is normal as long as you feel okay. What can cause a short-term change in blood pressure?It's normal for blood pressure to go up and down throughout the day. Things like exercise, stress, and

  7. Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARBs) for High Blood Pressure

    Drug details for Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) for high blood pressure.

  8. 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

  9. 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 ...

  10. High Blood Pressure - Medications

    Deciding whether to treat high blood pressure with medication and choosing the best medication are based mainly on:Your blood pressure measurement.Whether you have signs of organ damage caused by high blood pressure in other parts of your body, such as an enlarged heart or early damage to your arteries, kidneys, or eyes.Whether you have other medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, ..

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