High Blood Pressure

What is high blood pressure?
High blood pressure or hypertension is a condition where blood pressure remains abnormally high for long periods of time. About 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure. For more information, click here.

What is a normal blood pressure?

Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 mmHg. High blood pressure is considered to be anything that is 140/90 mmHg or more. If your blood pressure is between these two numbers, you may have a condition known as prehypertension. For more information, click here.

What will high blood pressure do to my body?
If left untreated, high blood pressure can be a very serious health problem. High blood pressure can lead to a number of serious medical disorders including stroke, heart failure, heart attack, kidney disease, and damage to the eye that could lead to blindness. For more information, click here.

How do I prevent or treat high blood pressure with diet?
A healthy diet is considered the first treatment option in most patients. If you have prehypertension, a healthy diet and normal body weight may prevent you from developing hypertension. For more information, click here.

How do I prevent or treat high blood pressure with exercise?

Regular exercise alone may reduce your blood pressure about as much as a single drug. If exercise and diet lead to permanent weight loss, you can see even greater reductions in blood pressure. For more information, click here.

What medications can I use to treat high blood pressure?

There are many medications that can be used to treat hypertension; however, some may be better than others. Hydrochlorothiazide or "HCTZ" is recommended to be used in almost all people as a first-line treatment. Although HCTZ is very effective, most people will require an additional drug. For more information, click here.

Should I monitor my high blood pressure?

Yes. If you have high blood pressure, you should monitor your blood pressure regularly. A home blood pressure monitor is recommended. Keep a record of your blood pressure and share it with your doctor. For more information, click here.

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