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Did you know that 46% of Americans—nearly 1 in 2—have high blood pressure? Many people don’t even know they have high blood pressure (also called hypertension). That’s because there are often no warning signs. But having high blood pressure makes a stroke or heart attack much more likely.

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Why? High blood pressure is the force of your blood moving against the walls of your arteries. So when your blood pressure is too high, your heart is on overdrive in a sense. Over time, elevated blood pressure can weaken your heart, blood vessels, kidneys and other parts of your body.

Remember, though, there are many steps you can take to lower your blood pressure. It’s important to work together with your health care team to set your blood pressure goal—the reading you’d like to consistently see when your blood pressure is taken—and how you can best reach it. If you have coronary artery disease, diabetes or chronic kidney disease, managing high blood pressure is especially important.

Use this condition center to learn more about high blood pressure. You can keep up with the latest research, and get tips to help you feel your best.

High Blood Pressure News & Events

Top CardioSmart News Articles of 2018

Dec 13, 2018

This year's most read patient summaries worth a second look.

Post-Pregnancy Monitoring is Critical for Women with Blood Pressure Disorders

Dec 12, 2018

Pregnant women with conditions like preeclampsia face increased risk for stroke both during and after delivery.

Study Confirms Link Between Lead Exposure and Hypertension

Dec 12, 2018

Low levels of lead exposure may increase risk for hard-to-treat hypertension, a Boston study finds.

Stricter Blood Pressure Guidelines Could Save Millions of Lives, Study Finds

Dec 07, 2018

National analysis highlights the risks and benefits of tighter blood pressure guidelines.

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Spikes in Violent Crime Linked to Increased Blood Pressure

Nov 06, 2018

Study links 2015 Chicago crime surge to increased risk for high blood pressure, even in low-crime areas.

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Big Evening Meals Increase Risk for Prediabetes and High Blood Pressure

Nov 06, 2018
Eating earlier in the day could be better for heart health, finds study of Hispanic adults.

Study Confirms the Link Between Gum Disease and High Blood Pressure

Oct 31, 2018

Gum disease may make it harder to treat high blood pressure, finds study of 3,600 U.S. adults.

Church Program Helps African-Americans Improve Blood Pressure Control

Oct 31, 2018

Health programming delivered in New York City churches shows promise for black adults with high blood pressure.  

Fluctuations in Weight, Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Spell Trouble for Heart Health

Oct 23, 2018

Maintaining good health reduces risk for heart attack, stroke and death, shows Korean study of 6.7 million adults.

Experts Stress the Importance of a Healthy Blood Pressure and Weight

Sep 19, 2018

Even small changes toward better health can have a large impact on preventing heart disease.

Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Helps Prevent Dementia

Aug 27, 2018

French study finds that seven factors related to heart health could reduce risk for dementia and cognitive decline.

Why Weight Loss Efforts Should Start at a Young Age

Aug 21, 2018

Overweight and obese teenagers can already display signs of suboptimal heart heath—higher blood pressure, increased cardiac output, larger hearts.

Children Should Avoid Diet Drinks, Advise Experts

Aug 15, 2018

Experts can’t say with certainty that artificially sweetened drinks are safe, based on a recent advisory from the American Heart Association.

African-Americans are More Likely to Develop High Blood Pressure by Middle Age

Aug 09, 2018

Study highlights the need for early treatment and prevention.

African-Americans Face Lower Survival Rates After Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Aug 08, 2018
Black survivors of sudden cardiac arrest are less likely to live five more years compared to white survivors, study finds.

Health Literacy is Critical to Heart Disease Prevention

Jun 29, 2018
An American Heart Association statement addresses health literacy as a barrier to heart health. 

Loneliness is Bad for the Heart

Jun 29, 2018
A lack of social support is linked to poorer health outcomes in heart patients.

No Such Thing as Healthy Obesity

Jun 14, 2018
Both weight and metabolic health are key to preventing heart disease. 

South Asians Face Increased Risk for Heart Disease

Jun 14, 2018

Experts issue a statement focusing on the prevention and treatment of risk factors for heart disease for South Asians in the United States.

Living Near Fast Food is Associated with Greater Risk for Heart Disease

May 15, 2018

Dutch study links easy access to fast food and increased risk for heart disease.

Smartphone App Improves Blood Pressure Medication Adherence

May 09, 2018
The app in this study provided a medication reminder, blood pressure tracking and peer support.

Understanding the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Obesity

May 03, 2018

Some of the health effects of childhood obesity are reversible with early weight loss, study finds.

PTSD Increases Risk of Hypertension in Injured Soldiers

Apr 25, 2018

Study links severe combat injuries and PTSD to increased risk for high blood pressure.

Breastfeeding May be Protective for Heart Health

Mar 26, 2018
Breastfeeding shows heart health benefits for some mothers, including those with normal blood pressure.

Treating High Blood Pressure in Black Barbershops

Mar 26, 2018

Los Angeles study shows on-site pharmacists promote better blood pressure management.

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