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.

New 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

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.

Energy Drinks Quickly Affect the Heart

Jun 21, 2019

Study finds energy drinks cause changes in heartbeat and blood pressure within hours.

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Aggressive Blood Pressure Treatment May Improve Brain Function and Reduce Heart Risks in the Elderly

Apr 15, 2019

Tighter blood pressure control can improve outcomes for elderly adults.

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Fitness is a Strong Predictor of Survival in Adults Over 70

Apr 04, 2019
Traditional risk factors are so common in older people that they become almost meaningless for predicting future health.
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A Nap a Day Keeps High Blood Pressure at Bay

Mar 19, 2019
The blood pressure-lowering effects of naps may be similar to other lifestyle changes and medication, says Greek study.

Exercise Plus Less Sitting Improves Blood Pressure in Obese Adults

Mar 14, 2019
Breaking up sitting with just three minutes of activity has immediate heart-health benefits, finds Australian study.
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Smartphone App Helps Combat High Blood Pressure

Mar 12, 2019
A smartphone app for blood pressure monitoring shows promise in patients with diabetes.

Study Suggests Moderate Drinking Harms, Not Protects, Heart Health

Mar 07, 2019

Consuming 7–13 drinks a week increases risk for high blood pressure, finds study of more than 17,000 U.S. adults.

Latest Statistics Say Nearly Half of Americans Have Some Form of Heart Disease

Feb 19, 2019
An annual report from the American Heart Association explains the rise in heart disease rates and emphasizes prevention.

Experts Address Safety of Heart Medications During Pregnancy

Feb 04, 2019
The use of heart medications takes careful consideration between women and their providers, explain experts.

Experts Stress the Importance of Accurate Blood Pressure Screenings

Jan 22, 2019
Accurate screenings are key to diagnosing and treating patients with high blood pressure, explain experts.

Sleep Apnea is Common in Black Adults with Uncontrolled Hypertension

Jan 10, 2019

Treating underlying sleep problems could improve hypertension treatment.

Top CardioSmart News Articles of 2018

Dec 13, 2018

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

Post-Pregnancy Monitoring is Critical for Women with Blood Pressure Disorders

Dec 12, 2018

Pregnant women with conditions like preeclampsia face increased risk for stroke both during and after delivery.

Study Confirms Link Between Lead Exposure and Hypertension

Dec 12, 2018

Low levels of lead exposure may increase risk for hard-to-treat hypertension, a Boston study finds.

Stricter Blood Pressure Guidelines Could Save Millions of Lives, Study Finds

Dec 07, 2018

National analysis highlights the risks and benefits of tighter blood pressure guidelines.

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Spikes in Violent Crime Linked to Increased Blood Pressure

Nov 06, 2018

Study links 2015 Chicago crime surge to increased risk for high blood pressure, even in low-crime areas.

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Big Evening Meals Increase Risk for Prediabetes and High Blood Pressure

Nov 06, 2018
Eating earlier in the day could be better for heart health, finds study of Hispanic adults.

Study Confirms the Link Between Gum Disease and High Blood Pressure

Oct 31, 2018

Gum disease may make it harder to treat high blood pressure, finds study of 3,600 U.S. adults.

Church Program Helps African-Americans Improve Blood Pressure Control

Oct 31, 2018

Health programming delivered in New York City churches shows promise for black adults with high blood pressure.  

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