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  1. Diuretics for High Blood Pressure

    Drug details for Diuretics for high blood pressure.

  2. 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),

  3. 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,...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. High Blood Pressure - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about high blood pressure:What is high blood pressure?What are the new guidelines that lower the measurement for normal blood pressure?What causes high blood pressure?What causes secondary high blood pressure?What are the stages of high blood pressure?What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?What increases my risk for having high blood pressure?What is isolated systolic high blood ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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. ...

  10. 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 ...

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