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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

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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Meditation for Heart Health?

Oct 18, 2017
Experts explore meditation as a potential tool for improving heart health.

High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Increases Risk for Childhood Obesity

Oct 18, 2017

This condition is not only concerning for mothers, but it has a lasting effect on children’s health.

A Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Helps Keep the Mind Intact

Oct 16, 2017
Experts provide simple yet effective strategies for protecting cognitive health as we age.

Air Pollution Quickly Puts Added Stress on the Body

Sep 08, 2017

Breathing in polluted air for just a short period of time can have immediate health consequences.

Marijuana Use Triples Risk of Death from High Blood Pressure

Aug 30, 2017
Study sheds light on the negative heart effects of smoking marijuana.

Patient-Provider Communication Impacts Adherence to Blood Pressure Medication

Aug 30, 2017

Study finds better communication results in higher likelihood of medication being taken as directed.

New Guidelines Fine-Tune Heart Screenings in Young Athletes

Aug 17, 2017
Refined testing would save health care costs while still detecting serious heart conditions.

Too Much Salt Puts Added Stress on Heart

Aug 17, 2017
A recent study confirms that consuming more than 3,700 mg of sodium daily taxes the heart.

Healthy Lifestyle Lowers Risk for High Blood Pressure in African-Americans

Jul 30, 2017
Seven simple behaviors help African-Americans reduce risk for high blood pressure, shows study.

Healthy Lifestyle Reduces Heart Risks in Elderly Individuals

Jul 28, 2017
Study suggests we’re never too told to benefit from heart-healthy changes.

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