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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.
Study links a low-sodium diet to increased risk in healthy adults, though most Americans consume excess sodium.
Home blood pressure monitoring helps identify “masked” hypertension in black adults, finds study.
Simple heart-healthy choices could reduce risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s by 20%, finds study.
A large international trial finds statins to be most effective for heart disease prevention.
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The highest death rates from heart disease have shifted to the South since the 1970s.
Regular yogurt consumption reduces risk for high blood pressure by 20 percent in women, finds study.
Study analyzed data on trends in older adults in the Framingham Heart Study.
Medication reminders and weekly tips help with high blood pressure self-care.
New data helps experts better identify children at increased risk for heart disease later in life.
Exercise-based rehab programs reduce risk for heart-related death by 26%.
Heart disease accounts for 1 in 3 deaths, highlighting an urgent need for prevention and treatment.
A review of more than 50 clinical trials comparing low- versus higher-fat diets shows no significant difference in weight loss results.
Study finds Latinos spend three-fourths of the day sedentary, which takes a toll on heart health.
Only half of young adults suffering a heart attack knew they were at risk, finds study.
Analysis of VA data stands in contrast to health disparities in the general U.S. population.
The benefits of healthy choices carry long into older adulthood.
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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