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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. 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. Automated Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring - Topic Overview

    An ambulatory blood pressure monitor is a small device that is worn throughout the day,usually for 24 or 48 hours. The device periodically inflates and takes blood pressure measurements,which are recorded for later printout and analysis. The devices are usually loaned by a clinic or hospital. Ambulatory blood pressure monitors are valuable for diagnosing and treating high blood pressure in ...

  4. High Blood Pressure - Living With High Blood Pressure

    Home treatment is important to help control high blood pressure, especially if you have other risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Even if your doctor has prescribed medication for you, there are still many steps you can take to lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Changes in lifestyle or behavior can help control high blood pressure and in some cases ..

  5. 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 ...

  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. Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors for High Blood Pressure

    Drug details for ACE inhibitors for high blood pressure.

  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. 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 ...

  10. High Blood Pressure - Cause

    Many different factors are linked to high blood pressure, including obesity; drinking 3 or more alcoholic beverages a day; high salt intake; aging; a sedentary lifestyle; stress; low potassium, magnesium, and calcium intake; and resistance to insulin.2, 3Primary, or essential, high blood pressure accounts for 95% of all cases of hypertension.4Secondary high blood pressure, which is caused by ...

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