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

Calcium Supplements May Increase Cardiovascular Risk in Men

Feb 19, 2013
While more research is needed, new findings show how calcium supplements could affect heart health in men.

CardioSmart Partners with Hospitals for National Heart Health Screening Day

Feb 14, 2013
CardioSmart is collaborating with hospitals nationwide to offer free heart health screenings to local residents.

American College of Cardiology Spotlights Heart Health Through Fashion

Feb 05, 2013
Live stream the Red Dress Collection Fashion Show and participate in other events for this national heart health awareness movement.
Spirit of the Heart

Spirit of the Heart—Helping Improve Your Community's Heart Health

Jan 29, 2013

Spirit of the Heart events offer heart disease screening and events in underserved communities.

Resources to Help You Compare Treatment Options

Nov 07, 2012
Guidance from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in making health decisions
Self-Affirmation and Medication Adherence in Hypertensive African Americans

Self-Affirmation and Medication Adherence in Hypertensive African Americans

Apr 10, 2012
Positive thinking may help with medication adherence more than you might think.
Controlling Prehypertension to Prevent Heart Disease

Controlling Prehypertension to Prevent Heart Disease

Mar 06, 2012
Elevated cholesterol can increase lifetime risk for atrial fibrillation.

Sleep Time Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Aug 30, 2011

Blood pressure levels during sleep are useful indicator of cardiovascular health.

Protein Intake and Blood Pressure Reduction

Aug 09, 2011
Eating more protein may help lower systolic blood pressure.

Improved Home Blood Pressure Management

Jul 26, 2011

Phone-based interventions improve blood pressure control in patients.

Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARBs) Not Associated with Increased Cancer Risk

Jul 06, 2011

New study debunks association between cancer and drug used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.

Stress After Sleep Deprivation Increases Blood Pressure

Jun 29, 2011

Breaking the cycle of stress and sleep deprivation could protect your heart.

The Truth about Sodium Guidelines

May 11, 2011

Despite surprising findings, Americans should continue to limit sodium intake to 1,500 mg daily.

Hypertension Treatment in Older Individuals

Apr 25, 2011

Updated guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure in the elderly.

Sodium Shake Out

Jan 26, 2011

New guidelines recommend that everyone limits sodium intake to 1,500mg a day.

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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?