High Blood Pressure

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Did you know that one in three adults—about 68 million Americans—has 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.

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 also chat online with others like you, keep up with the latest research, and get tips to help you feel your best.

High Blood Pressure News & Events

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Oct 17, 2016

Tell us how you are living well with heart disease for a chance to win a trip for two to Washington, D.C., in March 2017!

Study Confirms Benefits of Limiting Sodium Intake

Oct 03, 2016
Lowering salt intake remains an important lifestyle change for adults with elevated blood pressure, confirms study.

Experts Advise Caution with Blood Pressure Treatment in Patients with Heart Disease

Sep 21, 2016

Study links strict blood pressure control to increased cardiovascular risk in patients with heart disease.

ACC Partners with Google to Share Reliable Heart Health Information

Sep 20, 2016
“Ask a Doctor” feature promotes patient-provider engagement.

The Importance of Promoting Heart Health in Children

Sep 17, 2016
Experts highlight early education about heart health for prevention later in life.

Too Much and Too Little Salt is Associated with Increased Heart Risks

Jul 24, 2016

Study links a low-sodium diet to increased risk in healthy adults, though most Americans consume excess sodium.

Wearable Monitor Helps Identify Patients with High Blood Pressure

Jun 20, 2016

Home blood pressure monitoring helps identify “masked” hypertension in black adults, finds study.

Heart Disease Prevention Also Wards off Alzheimer's and Dementia

Jun 09, 2016

Simple heart-healthy choices could reduce risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s by 20%, finds study.

Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Reduces Risk for Kidney Disease

May 31, 2016
A simple set of guidelines for preventing heart disease may protect against chronic kidney disease, finds study.
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Recent Study Supports Statins to Prevent Heart Disease

May 24, 2016

A large international trial finds statins to be most effective for heart disease prevention.

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Virtual Health Programs Could Improve Global Health

May 22, 2016
An online challenge promotes physical activity and weight loss in over 60 countries.

Heart Disease Burden Has Shifted to Southern U.S. States

May 04, 2016

The highest death rates from heart disease have shifted to the South since the 1970s.

Yogurt Helps Protect Women from High Blood Pressure

Apr 24, 2016

Regular yogurt consumption reduces risk for high blood pressure by 20 percent in women, finds study.

Decline in Dementia Rates Over Past Three Decades

Mar 08, 2016

Study analyzed data on trends in older adults in the Framingham Heart Study.

Study Confirms Benefits of Tight Blood Pressure Control

Mar 02, 2016
A recent review of evidence finds that intensive blood pressure treatment reduces risk for heart attack and stroke.

Texting Programs Improve Medication Adherence in Patients with Chronic Disease

Feb 26, 2016
A recent study suggests that text messaging programs double the odds of medication adherence in adults with chronic disease.

Texting Program Aids in Blood Pressure Management

Feb 02, 2016

Medication reminders and weekly tips help with high blood pressure self-care.

Young, Overweight and Inactive: A Dangerous Combo for Blood Pressure

Jan 28, 2016
A large-scale Swedish study links both adolescent weight and fitness level to risk for hypertension in adulthood.

International Study Refines Definition of High Blood Pressure in Youth

Jan 26, 2016

New data helps experts better identify children at increased risk for heart disease later in life.

Too Little Exercise Remains a Prime Concern for Americans

Jan 18, 2016
Experts reaffirm that health benefits from exercise far outweigh risks.

Cardiac Rehab is Lifesaving for Heart Patients

Jan 10, 2016

Exercise-based rehab programs reduce risk for heart-related death by 26%.

Heart Disease Remains Top Killer in the United States

Jan 10, 2016

Heart disease accounts for 1 in 3 deaths, highlighting an urgent need for prevention and treatment.

Declines in U.S. Death Rates Have Slowed

Nov 19, 2015
Researchers measure progress on heart disease and other leading causes of death, and identify areas for improvement.

Low-Fat Diets Not the Best Weight Loss Solution

Nov 19, 2015

A review of more than 50 clinical trials comparing low- versus higher-fat diets shows no significant difference in weight loss results.

Sedentary Time is a Major Health Concern for Latinos

Oct 29, 2015

Study finds Latinos spend three-fourths of the day sedentary, which takes a toll on heart health.

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Hypertension is another way to say "high blood pressure." A patient has hypertension if their readings are above 140 over 90. With medication, the right diet, and a few lifestyle changes, however, hypertension can be managed.

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Did you know that 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure, which could lead to a stroke or heart attack?