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  1. 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 ...

  2. High Blood Pressure: Checking Your Blood Pressure at Home

    Key pointsHigh blood pressure often is referred to as the "silent killer, " because it usually has no obvious symptoms and most people cannot tell if their blood pressure is high unless it is measured.Home blood pressure monitors make it easy for people to measure their blood pressure at home. If you are concerned that you might have high blood pressure, or if your family has a history of high ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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

  5. Diuretics for High Blood Pressure

    Drug details for Diuretics for high blood pressure.

  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. 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 ...

  8. Home Blood Pressure Test

    A home blood pressure test allows you to keep track of your blood pressure at home. Blood pressure is a measure of the force of blood inside an artery.

  9. 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

  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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