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  1. 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.

  2. Isolated Systolic High Blood Pressure - 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 ...

  3. 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

  4. 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. ...

  5. High Blood Pressure Treatment Guidelines - Topic Overview

    The U.S. National Institutes of Health publishes guidelines for doctors on high blood pressure classification and treatment. The guidelines are called the Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee (JNC 7) on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure.1If you have high blood pressure, your doctor will give you a blood pressure goal that is based on your health. For example, your goal will depend on whether you have other conditions such as diabetes, heart failure, coronary artery disease, or chronic kidney disease. Be sure you know your blood pressure goal.Blood pressure classification Blood pressure Classification140/90 or aboveHigh120/80 to 139/89Prehypertension119/79 or belowNormalTreatment for high blood pressureBlood pressureTreatmentBlood pressure of 120–139 over 80–89 (prehypertension)Lifestyle changesHigh blood pressure of 140–159 over 90–99Lifestyle changes, possibly medicinesHigh blood pressure of 160 over 100 or higherMedicines

  6. 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

  7. 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 ...

  8. Beta-Blockers for High Blood Pressure

    Drug details for Beta-blockers for high blood pressure.

  9. DASH Diet Sample Menu - Topic Overview

    DASH is an eating plan that can help lower your blood pressure. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. Hypertension is high blood pressure. For more information on the DASH diet,see High Blood Pressure: Using the DASH Diet. Here is a sample menu for the DASH diet. It is based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Breakfast 1 cup corn flakes with 1 teaspoon of sugar 8 ounces low-fat ...

  10. High Blood Pressure - Other Treatment

    In addition to making lifestyle changes, several other nondrug methods of reducing blood pressure can be tried.None of the methods listed below are proven to consistently lower high blood pressure. However, these methods generally are considered to be safe and may have other benefits besides lowering blood pressure.Although there may be an association between a particular stressful situation and .

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