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  1. 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

  2. High Blood Pressure and Erectile Dysfunction

    High blood pressure is a culprit in erectile dysfunction. Could it be affecting your sex life? See if any of these scenarios sound familiar.

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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.

  6. Prehypertension - Topic Overview

    Prehypertension is blood pressure that is higher than normal but not high enough to be high blood pressure.

  7. Physical Exam for High Blood Pressure

    The extent of the physical exam and the level of detail in your doctor's questions depend on how high your blood pressure is and whether you have other risk factors for heart disease. People who have many risk factors may have a more detailed evaluation.The exam includes:Your medical history to evaluate risk factors.Two or more blood pressure measurements. Measurements may be taken from both the .

  8. 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 ...

  9. Taking High Blood Pressure Drugs Properly

    If you have high blood pressure, taking your medication the right way is key to your success. Find out how to properly take your hypertension drugs.

  10. Side Effects of High Blood Pressure Medications

    Like any drug, high blood pressure medications can cause side effects, but there are many types of hypertension drugs, so you can switch if you have a problem.

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