High Blood Pressure

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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

Could a Lack of Vitamin D Increase Risk for Heart Disease?

Jun 26, 2013
Research suggests link between vitamin D deficiencies and increased cardiovascular risk.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Directly Linked to Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death

Jun 11, 2013
A common sleep disorder may significantly increase risk of sudden cardiac death.

Vegetarians May Live Longer Than Meat Eaters

Jun 05, 2013
New research confirms that vegetarian dietary patterns can extend longevity.

Mediterranean Diet Could Prevent Memory Loss

Jun 05, 2013
In addition to being heart-healthy, the Mediterranean diet may also help protect our minds.

Novel Ads Encourage Smokers to Ask Their Doctors About Quitting

Jun 05, 2013
A new national campaign aiming to curb smoking rates features real stories from former smokers.

Magnets in iPad 2 May Interfere with Heart Devices

May 28, 2013
A study conducted by a 14-year-old student finds that the iPad 2 interferes with implantable cardioverter defibrillators.

Poor Diet Negatively Impacts Sleep Patterns in Middle-School Children

May 23, 2013
Among children, a link found between diet and sleep may be the key to promoting better heart health as adults.

Institute of Medicine Expresses Concerns About Sodium Guidelines

May 22, 2013
Despite doubts, the IOM still advises that Americans limit salt intake to previously recommended levels for heart health.

Diet, Exercise Help Fight High Blood Pressure

May 20, 2013
Cutting back on alcohol and sodium consumption and being physically active are important steps in the prevention, treatment and management of hypertension.

Smokeless Tobacco Trends in Adolescents

May 16, 2013
Smokeless tobacco use remains unchanged between 2000 and 2011 among middle and high school students.

Pets May Boost Heart Health

May 15, 2013
After a comprehensive review of existing research, experts acknowledge an association between pet ownership and reduced cardiovascular risk.

Fiber Reduces Stroke Risk

May 08, 2013
Study shows increasing dietary fiber intake could drastically reduce risk for stroke.

Understanding the Tobacco Control Act

May 02, 2013

A review of the law that helps protect the public against health problems caused by tobacco use.

Clinical Trials Shed Light on Minority Health

Clinical Trials Shed Light on Minority Health

Apr 26, 2013
Increasing minority participation in clinical trials can help ensure effectiveness and safety of drugs and devices for all Americans.

Binge Drinking Harms the Heart

Apr 23, 2013
A study highlights the negative impact that excessive drinking can have on the heart—even in young, healthy individuals.

Diabetes During Pregnancy Increases Cardiovascular Risk Later in Life

Apr 19, 2013
Women with high blood sugar levels during pregnancy are at greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and metabolic syndrome.

Save Money with These Prescription Drug Secrets

Apr 16, 2013

Following these tips and shopping around could help you save $100 or more a month depending on the drug.

Witnessing CPR Helps Reassure Family Members, Provides Closure

Apr 15, 2013

Researchers find that family members who observed CPR on their loved ones are significantly less likely to have post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. 

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No Benefit Found From Blood Pressure Drug in Heart Failure Patients

Mar 27, 2013
According to researchers, the blood pressure-lowering drug aliskiren had no positive effect on people with heart failure.

Despite Lifesaving Benefits, Fewer Women Than Men Get Cardiac Rehab

Mar 09, 2013
Women with coronary artery disease can improve their heart health and reduce their risk of dying from heart disease by attending cardiac rehabilitation.

Cutting Salt Intake Could Save More Than One Million Lives

Mar 07, 2013
According to researchers, if Americans reduced their daily sodium intake, between 850,000 to 1.2 million lives could be saved over a decade.

Belly Fat Increases Cardiovascular Risk

Mar 06, 2013
Do you have a healthy BMI? Where we carry weight may determine our health more accurately than our BMI suggests.

Southern Diet Explains the 'Stroke Belt'

Mar 06, 2013
A new study finds that a Southern-style diet filled with fried foods, processed meats and sugary drinks can increase stroke risk.

Do Financial Conflicts of Interest Impact Study Results?

Feb 21, 2013
According to a recent study, funding sources and conflicts of interest have no impact on the outcome of medical studies and trials.

Baby Boomers Less Healthy Than Previous Generation

Feb 19, 2013
A recent study finds baby boomers have higher rates of chronic disease, higher levels of disability and lower self-rated health than those born a generation prior.

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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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Did you know that 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure, which could lead to a stroke or heart attack?