How Low Should Your Blood Pressure Be?
New study shows fewer heart attacks and deaths in those with lower BP
Since an estimated one in three people in the United States has high blood pressure, which puts them at risk for heart disease and stroke, kidney failure and other health problems, determining an ideal blood pressure is vital.
Preventing High Blood Pressure
A recent study shows that hospitalization due to high blood pressure is more common among African Americans. Learn what you can do to reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure.
High Blood Pressure among African Americans
According to the 2010 US Census, approximately 36% of the population belongs to a racial or ethnic minority group.
African American Men Have High Risks . . .
. . . for High Blood Pressure
Let the stats speak for themselves – men, you’re at risk for high blood pressure and with the risks, come the often catastrophic consequences.
BP Guidelines May Take Millions of People Off Meds
Study estimates impact of controversial changes that raised treatment threshold
About 5.8 million American adults may no longer be prescribed drugs to treat high blood pressure under recently revised guidelines, according to a new study.
In February, the Eighth Joint National Committee released controversial guidelines that relaxed blood pressure goals in adults 60 and older from 140/90 to 150/9...
Sunlight Might Be Good for Your Blood Pressure
Researchers figure out why, suggest not getting enough might raise risk for heart disease
Sunlight is known to lower blood pressure, but now a team of British researchers has figured out why.
5 Misconceptions About High Blood Pressure
Are you worried about high blood pressure in yourself, a family member, or a friend? Your concern is well-founded. If left untreated, high blood pressure -- also called hypertension -- can lead to a range of health problems, including heart disease and stroke. Knowing more about high blood pressure can help you prevent this condition from damaging your health, or the health of someone you love. Yo...
High Blood Pressure Drugs and Erectile Dysfunction
To treat erectile dysfunction (ED), you first must lower your blood pressure if it's high. Some people are able to do that through lifestyle changes alone. Others need help from prescription blood pressure drugs.
A problem for many men, however, is that some types of blood pressure medicines can actually cause erectile dysfunction. That may make it difficult to stay on your medication, especially...
Childhood Obesity and Risk of Adult Hypertension
Even being overweight when young was found to double high blood pressure risk in long-term study
Obese children have a four times greater risk of having high blood pressure when they reach adulthood compared to normal weight kids, new research shows.
The study authors also found that overweight children had double the risk of high blood pressure, or hypertension, later in life.
The ABCs of High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
High Blood Pressure Treatment
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is dangerous because it can lead to strokes, heart attacks, heart failure, or kidney disease. The goal of hypertension treatment is to lower high blood pressure and protect important organs, like the brain, heart, and kidneys from damage. Treatment for hypertension has been associated with reductions in stroke (reduced an average...
Genes Tied to High Blood Pressure Found in Black Americans
Study findings may lead to discovery of useful targets for new treatments, researcher says
Black Americans are more likely to develop high blood pressure than whites, and now a large new study has pinpointed four common genetic variations affecting their risk.
The study included nearly 30,000 black Americans at 19 sites across the United States and is the largest study to look at how genes influ...
Prehypertension: Are You at Risk?
In prehypertension, the systolic (top number) reading is 120 mmHg-139 mmHg, or the diastolic (bottom number) reading is 80 mmHg-89 mmHg.
Prehypertension is a warning sign that you may get high blood pressure in the future.
High blood pressure increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, coronary heart disease, heart failure, and kidney failure. There's no cure for high blood pressure, but...
Checking Your Blood Pressure
When Should I Check my Blood Pressure?
Follow your doctor's instructions for when and how often to check your blood pressure.
Keep in mind that certain factors can cause blood pressure to temporarily rise. Blood pressure normally rises as a result of:
Avoid any of these factors that you can when taking your blood pressur...
When to Call Your Doctor About High Blood Pressure
Hypertension symptoms? Often there aren't any. High blood pressure is often called the "silent" disease, because it may have no noticeable symptoms.
If undetected and untreated, hypertension can cause heart disease (including congestive heart failure and heart attack), stroke, and kidney disease. That's why it is important to have regular physical examinations to make sure your blood pressure is ...
Understanding Blood Pressure Readings
Blood pressure is typically recorded as two numbers, written as a ratio like this:
The top number, which is also the higher of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats (when the heart muscle contracts). Diastolic
The bottom number, which is also the lower of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats (when the...
Causes of Secondary Hypertension
In about 10% of people, high blood pressure is caused by another disease (this is called secondary hypertension). In such cases, when the root cause is treated, blood pressure usually returns to normal or is significantly lowered.
Grapes May Fight High Blood Pressure
Study Shows Antioxidants in Grapes May Be a Weapon in Blood Pressure Battle
By Bill Hendrick
A hardy helping of grapes may fight high blood pressure and heart disease if you eat a salty diet, a new University of Michigan study shows. Because black, green, and red grapes contain high levels of naturally occurring antioxidants, the fruits may reduce hypertension that can lead to heart failure, sh...