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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

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.

High Blood Pressure Common in Women with History of Preeclampsia

Feb 27, 2018
Heart disease risk is elevated in many women who experienced severe preeclampsia, finds Dutch study.

Women with Preterm Deliveries Face Increased Heart Risk

Feb 23, 2018
Mothers of preemies are encouraged to have heart disease risk factors closely monitored.

Breast Cancer Therapies Increase Heart Risks, Experts Warn

Feb 23, 2018

A statement from the American Heart Association highlights a close link between breast cancer and heart disease.

Fluctuation in Blood Pressure Associated with Increased Heart Risks

Feb 06, 2018

Keeping blood pressure consistently in the optimal range should be the goal for adults with hypertension.

Study Highlights Additional Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery

Feb 06, 2018
Evidence shows that weight loss surgery improves diabetes management and heart health.

Safety Precautions for Heart Patients Traveling to High Altitudes

Feb 04, 2018
Experts offer advice on activity levels and taking medications.

Nearly Half of Americans Have High Blood Pressure, Based on New Guidelines

Jan 09, 2018
More Americans now qualify as having high blood pressure but not all need medication.

Moderate Exercise Reduces Risk of Death in Women

Dec 14, 2017
A study of more than 17,000 women links physical activity to a longer, healthier life.

Medication Adherence Remains Challenging for Heart Patients

Dec 12, 2017
Taking medication as directed is critical to improving outcomes.

Medication Adherence is Critical for Preventing Heart Disease in African-Americans

Dec 10, 2017
Strategies for improving health include cardiac rehab and better education and counseling about treatment.
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