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  1. Glossary of High Blood Pressure Terms

    Here are the definitions of words you'll most likely encounter when dealing with high blood pressure.

  2. Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure

    Find out the risk factors for high blood pressure from the experts at WebMD.

  3. High Blood Pressure, Diet, Exercise, and Better Sex

    High blood pressure can cause erectile dysfunction. Learn about lifestyle factors that can reverse the damage.

  4. Checking Your Blood Pressure

    WebMD explains how to check your own blood pressure.

  5. Heart and High Blood Pressure Resources

    Helpful resources about high blood pressure and the heart.

  6. Catecholamines in Blood

    A test for catecholamines measures the amount of the hormones epinephrine,norepinephrine,metanephrine,and dopamine in the blood. These catecholamines are made by nerve tissue,the brain,and the adrenal glands. Catecholamines help the body respond to stress or fright and prepare the body for "fight-or-flight" reactions. The adrenal glands make large amounts of catecholamines as a reaction ...

  7. Aldosterone in Urine

    An aldosterone test measures the level of aldosterone (a hormone made by the adrenal glands ),in the urine. Aldosterone helps regulate sodium and potassium levels in the body. This helps control blood pressure and the balance of fluids and electrolytes in the blood. The kidney hormone renin normally stimulates the adrenal glands to release aldosterone. High levels of both renin and ...

  8. Renin Assay

    A renin blood test, or plasma renin activity (PRA) test, is done to determine the cause of high blood pressure (hypertension). Renin is an enzyme produced by specific cells in the kidneys.

  9. Atherosclerosis and High Blood Pressure

    High blood pressure is a major cause of atherosclerosis, the artery-clogging process that leads to heart attacks and strokes. Learn what you can do.

  10. Know Your Blood Pressure Numbers

    WebMD explains what diastolic and systolic blood pressure numbers mean and why it’s important to keep track of them.

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