High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Blood pressure is the pressure created by the heart as it pumps blood through the arteries and the circulatory system.

What blood pressure numbers mean

Normal Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure (hypertension)
What High Blood Pressure Does to the Body
High blood pressure puts you at a higher risk for the following:

Symptoms of High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure usually has NO SYMPTOMS!! Because of this it is sometimes referred to as “The Silent Killer”.

How to tell if you might have high blood pressure:

Causes of High Blood Pressure
Blood pressure develops when certain nerve impulses cause arteries to become larger (dilate) or smaller (contract). If vessels are wide open blood flows easily. If vessels narrow pressure inside increases causing hypertension. The cause of vessels narrowing is unknown in 90 to 95% of cases. This is called Primary Hypertension. In 5 to 10% of cases, the cause of vessel narrowing comes from another condition. This is called Secondary Hypertension. Some common conditions that can cause secondary hypertension are:

Risk Factors of High Blood PressureRisk Factors You Can’t Control

Uncontrollable risk factors are inherent to you and cannot be changed. They include:

Risk Factors You Can Control
Controllable risk factors are lifestyle choices that increase the risk of high blood pressure. They include:

​Women and High Bood Pressure
Women are particularly at risk for hypertension due to the following:

What You Can Do to Reduce the Risk of Hypertension
High blood pressure is a lifelong disease. It can be controlled, but not cured. Controlling blood pressure will reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, heart failure and kidney disease. The following lifestyle changes will help you reduce your risk:

The Ten Commandments for Blood Pressure Control

Medication for High Blood Pressure

​Blood Pressure Measurement
Blood pressure is measured using a sphygmomanometer. There are two numbers in a bood pressure reading.

In order to get an accurate measurement, the size of the blood pressure cuff should be appropriate.

American Heart Association Recommended Blood Pressure Levels

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Home Blood Pressure Monitoring
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