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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

Low-Dose Meds Promising for Patients with High Blood Pressure

Jul 18, 2017

Combined low-dose medications may be preferable for patients with high blood pressure, study finds.

Cutting Back on Salt in Processed Foods

Jul 17, 2017

Though the sodium in some processed foods has been reduced, most Americans still consume too much salt.

Blood Pressure Fluctuation Increases Risk for Heart Events

Jul 11, 2017
Variation in blood pressure could spell trouble for patients with heart disease, study finds.

Segregated Neighborhoods Contribute to High Blood Pressure in Black Adults

Jul 08, 2017

Reducing neighborhood segregation could reduce blood pressure, finds study.

The Bulk of U.S. Salt Intake Comes From Processed Foods

Jun 15, 2017
Salt added during cooking and at the table accounted for a small percentage of daily sodium intake.

Non-caffeine Ingredients in Energy Drinks Linked to Negative Heart Effects

Jun 06, 2017
Study suggests it’s the added ingredients in energy drinks that may be harmful to health.

A Healthy Lifestyle Could Add Quality Years to Your Life

Jun 06, 2017
Study finds middle-aged adults with no cardiovascular risk factors live longer, healthier lives.

Belly Fat Increases Risk for High Blood Pressure

May 10, 2017
A Chinese study of men and women assesses abdominal obesity and blood pressure.
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Web-Based Counseling Helps Lower Blood Pressure

Apr 18, 2017
Online counseling is a great addition to blood pressure-lowering medication.

Few Patients with Resistant Hypertension Take Medication as Instructed

Mar 17, 2017

Poor medication adherence influences findings on a novel treatment for persistent high blood pressure.

Study Highlights Pros and Cons of Aggressive Blood Pressure Treatment

Mar 03, 2017
Intensive blood pressure treatment reduces risk of death but increases risk of complications.

Low-Income Adults Have Reduced Life Expectancy

Feb 22, 2017

Low income should be considered a major risk factor for poor health, alongside obesity and high blood pressure, finds study.

Blood Pressure Targets for Older Adults Remain Controversial

Feb 15, 2017
Tight blood pressure control may carry some risks for older adults, shows recent analysis.

Prevention of Cardiovascular Risk Factors Wards off Heart Failure Later in Life

Jan 21, 2017

Being free of heart risk factors like high blood pressure at midlife helps delay heart failure by 15 years.

The Global Burden of High Blood Pressure

Dec 08, 2016

Data from 200 countries shows growing rates of high blood pressure in the poorest countries.

Study Questions Effects of White Coat Hypertension

Nov 10, 2016
Spikes in blood pressure at the doctor’s office are not directly to blame for increased cardiovascular risk, finds study.

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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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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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