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  1. Spinal Cord Injury: Autonomic Dysreflexia - Topic Overview

    Autonomic dysreflexia is a syndrome in which there is a sudden onset of excessively high blood pressure. It is more common in people with spinal cord injuries that involve the thoracic nerves of the spine or above (T6 or above).Be prepared to call your spinal cord injury therapist, , or other emergency services if you or the person with the spinal cord injury (SCI) has the symptoms of autonomic dysreflexia. If you or a caregiver cannot treat it promptly and correctly, it may lead to seizures, stroke, and even death. Symptoms include:A pounding headache.A flushed face and/or red blotches on the skin above the level of spinal injury.Sweating above the level of spinal injury.Nasal stuffiness.Nausea.A slow heart rate (bradycardia).Goose bumps below the level of spinal injury.Cold, clammy skin below the level of spinal injury. If you feel you have autonomic dysreflexia:Sit up straight, or raise your head so you are looking straight ahead. If you can lower your legs, do so. You need to be

  2. Calcium Channel Blockers for High Blood Pressure

    Drug details for Calcium channel blockers for high blood pressure.

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Other Medicines for High Blood Pressure

    Drug details for Vasodilators for high blood pressure.

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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

  8. 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,...

  9. High Blood Pressure: Nutrition Tips - Topic Overview

    DASH diet The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet can help you lower your blood pressure. It includes eating fruits,vegetables,and low-fat or nonfat dairy foods. For more information on the DASH diet,see: High Blood Pressure: Using the DASH Diet Sample Menu for the DASH Diet Follow these daily recommendations: The DASH eating plan Food Recommended servings Examples Low-fat ...

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

    Drug details for ACE inhibitors for high blood pressure.

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