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  1. High Blood Pressure - When to Call a Doctor

    Call or other emergency services immediately if you have any of the following symptoms: A sudden, severe headacheChest pain (angina)Other symptoms of a heart attackSymptoms of a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)Call a doctor immediately if you have high blood pressure and:Your blood pressure is usually normal or well controlled, but it suddenly goes well above the normal range on more ...

  2. Topic Overview

    Malignant high blood pressure (malignant hypertension) is very high blood pressure that comes on suddenly and is an emergency. If not treated,it can damage the brain,heart,eyes,or kidneys. Symptoms include numbness,blurry vision,chest pain,and confusion. This problem is also called hypertensive crisis or hypertensive emergency. Quick-acting medicines are used to lower blood pressure. ...

  3. Beta-Blockers for High Blood Pressure

    Drug details for Beta-blockers for high blood pressure.

  4. 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),

  5. Tyrell's Story: Taking Pills for High Blood Pressure - Tyrell's story

    When Tyrell’s doctor told him he had high blood pressure,he was shocked. "I thought,'Hey,I'm a physical fitness trainer. I'm in great shape. How could I have high blood pressure?'" He knew that both of his parents have high blood pressure. And one of his uncles recently had a stroke. But Tyrell had always been kind of a health nut. It just didn't seem possible that he could be sick. "My ...

  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. Arturo's Story: Getting Support for Making a Change - Arturo's story

    The neighbors can set their clocks by Arturo and his wife,Rosa. Every morning at 6:30 a.m. and every evening at 6:30 p.m.,they walk out their front door for their 30-minute walk. "It’s kind of a neighborhood joke," Arturo,58,says. "People literally look at their watch and laugh when we go by." But the walks themselves are no joke. They've been a part of Arturo’s life for 2 years now. ...

  8. Secondary High Blood Pressure - Topic Overview

    Secondary high blood pressure is high blood pressure that is caused by another disease or condition. It can also be caused by certain medicines. If your doctor thinks that you may have secondary high blood pressure, you may need tests to diagnose other health problems. Your doctor will also check the medicines that you take, because some medicines can cause high blood pressure as a side effect.If your doctor can treat the cause of the high blood pressure, it might lower your blood pressure.What causes secondary high blood pressure?Causes of secondary high blood pressure include:Kidney disease, such as narrowing of the kidney arteries.Certain medicines, such as birth control pills, amphetamines, appetite suppressants, some antidepressants, steroids, and some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).Hormone related diseases, such as hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, or Cushing's disease.Drinking a lot of alcohol (such as more than three drinks a day).Narrowing of the aorta

  9. Diuretics for High Blood Pressure

    Drug details for Diuretics for high blood pressure.

  10. High Blood Pressure: Using the DASH Diet

    The DASH diet is an eating plan that is low in fat but rich in low - fat dairy foods, fruits, and vegetables. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. Hypertension is high blood pressure. Following the DASH diet may lower blood pressure. DASH also recommends eating whole grains, fish, poultry and nuts as part of a balanced diet. DASH is one of several lifestyle changes your doctor

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