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  1. Blood Pressure Screening - Topic Overview

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for adults 18 and older for high blood pressure. 1 Tests and programs for high blood pressure vary widely in reliability. Results from automated blood pressure testing,such as you might do at a grocery store or pharmacy,may not be accurate. Any high blood pressure measurement discovered during a blood pressure screening program ...

  2. Prehypertension - Topic Overview

    Prehypertension is blood pressure that is higher than normal but not high enough to be high blood pressure.

  3. High Blood Pressure - Symptoms

    People with primary (essential) high blood pressure usually do not have any symptoms. Most people with high blood pressure feel fine and only find out they have high blood pressure during a routine exam or a doctor visit for another problem.Very severe high blood pressure (160 over 100 or higher), especially if your blood pressure rises very high quickly, may lead to hypertensive crisis. Symptoms

  4. High Blood Pressure: Taking Medicines Properly

    High blood pressure is a lifelong disease that, if not controlled, can lead to heart or kidney disease and stroke. Even though you may not feel sick when you have high blood pressure, taking your medicine exactly as directed helps lower your risk for these conditions. The amount and types of medications you take will depend on your blood pressure reading, whether you have organ damage from high ..

  5. High Blood Pressure - Treatment Overview

    Treatment for high blood pressure depends on the severity of the disease and whether you have other health problems, such as heart failure or diabetes, or you are pregnant. Your doctor may want you to try lifestyle changes first, including losing weight, increasing activity, and eating a balanced diet. If your blood pressure is above a certain level, your doctor may prescribe medication along ...

  6. High Blood Pressure - What Increases Your Risk

    Risk factors for high blood pressure include:A family history of high blood pressure. Aging.Race. African Americans are more likely to develop high blood pressure, often have more severe high blood pressure, and are more likely to develop the condition at an earlier age than others. Why they are at greater risk is not known.Sodium (salt) intake.Drinking more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day.Being

  7. Izzy's Story: Living With the DASH Diet - Izzy's story

    "I'm a believer!" That's the proclamation from Izzy,a 60-year-old clerk from Petaluma,Calif. She's talking about a way of eating that helped her lose weight and brought her blood pressure way down. "If there were a commercial for the DASH diet,I'd volunteer to be a spokesperson," says Izzy. The DASH diet is an eating plan that is low in fat but rich in low-fat dairy foods,fruits,and ...

  8. 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),

  9. Direct Renin Inhibitors for High Blood Pressure

    Drug details for direct renin inhibitors for high blood pressure.

  10. High Blood Pressure - Exams and Tests

    In most cases, extensive tests are not needed to diagnose high blood pressure. If a blood pressure measurement shows your systolic and/or diastolic blood pressure is high, usually two more measurements at separate times will be done to confirm that you have high blood pressure. Routine testsA physical exam and a medical history are routinely used to evaluate high blood pressure. Additional blood .

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