High Blood Pressure

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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.

High Blood Pressure Guidelines: What You Need to Know

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

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Physical Distancing Helps Prevent Spread Of COVID-19, Study Finds

Jun 22, 2020
Face coverings and masks also help protect against the new coronavirus.
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Coronavirus and Your Heart

May 25, 2020

This video explains the main symptoms of COVID-19 and how the new coronavirus might make existing heart conditions worse.

COVID-19: When to Call 911

COVID-19: When to Call 911

May 08, 2020

Many people around the world are concerned about the new coronavirus. While it is important to protect yourself from infection, heart attacks and strokes do not stop during a pandemic.

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COVID-19: Call 911 for Heart Attack or Stroke Symptoms

Apr 23, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is still important to call 911 if you or someone you know is experiencing warning signs of a heart attack or stroke.

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Coronavirus and People With Heart Conditions: What You Need to Know | Webinar

Apr 06, 2020

In this Mended Hearts webinar, CardioSmart Editor-in-Chief Martha Gulati offers advice on what you can do to protect your heart during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Alarming Uptick in Deaths Linked to High Blood Pressure, Study Shows

Mar 23, 2020
Rising death rates affect all demographic groups, with the rural South hardest hit.
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Patients Urged to Continue Blood Pressure and Heart Failure Medications Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Mar 18, 2020

The HFSA/ACC/AHA issued a joint statement about COVID-19 and a group of drugs used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.

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Heart Patients Warned of Risks from Coronavirus

Mar 13, 2020

People with heart disease seem to be at higher risk of developing serious illness from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Use Olive Oil Instead of Saturated Fats for Heart Health, Study Suggests

Mar 05, 2020
Olive oil linked to lower risk of cardiovascular disease in analysis of more than 90,000 U.S. adults.
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Do Preventive Medicines Undermine Healthy Habits?

Mar 04, 2020
People who start taking medicines to prevent heart disease might benefit from added support to keep up healthy habits.
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Skip Milk? Opinions Vary on Its Benefits

Feb 12, 2020
The dietary guideline urging most Americans to drink three glasses of milk a day isn’t justified, according to authors of a review article in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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Highlighting the Concerns of Marijuana's Effects on the Heart

Feb 07, 2020
Marijuana use is associated with cardiovascular problems and can interfere with common heart medications, according to a review article.

More Research Needed to Achieve Health Equity in Preventive Care

Jan 26, 2020

Experts identify gaps in knowledge about how to put proven services into practice.

Long Work Hours Linked to High Blood Pressure

Dec 27, 2019
Working more than 40 hours a week may increase risk of high blood pressure, finds study of white-collar workers. 

Top CardioSmart News Articles of 2019

Dec 18, 2019

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

Medications Boost Survival After Open Heart Surgery

Nov 14, 2019
Study confirms benefits of blood pressure, cholesterol and anti-clotting medications after open heart surgery. 

Less Than Six Hours of Sleep a Night Could Shorten Your Lifespan

Oct 14, 2019

Adequate sleep is especially important in patients with or at risk for heart disease.

Diet Soda and Sugary Drinks May Affect Lifespan, Study Finds

Sep 29, 2019
Two or more sodas a day shown to increase risk of death in nearly half a million Europeans.

High Blood Pressure a Growing Concern Among Pregnant Women

Sep 29, 2019
Large-scale study shows a dramatic rise in high blood pressure rates among pregnant women.

Consumption of Plant-Based Proteins Could Add Years to Your Life

Sep 17, 2019

Study suggests that we eat plenty of plant-based foods, while limiting red and processed meat.

Not All Plant-Based Foods are Created Equal

Sep 13, 2019
Just because a food is vegetarian does not mean it promotes health and longevity. 

At-Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Beneficial in Black Adults

Sep 12, 2019
Monitoring blood pressure outside the doctor's office may help further identify those at high risk for heart events. 

Blood Pressure and Cholesterol in Early Adulthood Shape Future Heart Health

Aug 03, 2019
Risk factors in early adulthood have long-lasting effects on heart health as we age.

Three Prevention Efforts Could Save 94 Million Lives Over 25 Years

Jul 11, 2019

Global analysis shows that improving blood pressure and diet could save millions of lives over the next few decades.

Decades of Health Gains Lost After Cutbacks in Low-Income, Rural Maine

Jul 07, 2019

Study suggests continued health programming is needed to reduce health disparities in low-income communities.

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