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  1. 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. ...

  2. Malignant High Blood Pressure - 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. 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. 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 ...

  5. Other Medicines for High Blood Pressure

    Drug details for Vasodilators for high blood pressure.

  6. Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARBs) for High Blood Pressure

    Drug details for Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) for high blood pressure.

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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

  9. 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 ...

  10. Prehypertension: Are You at Risk?

    WebMD explains the latest blood pressure guidelines, including information on prehypertension, an increasingly common condition that increases the chance of high blood pressure.

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