High Blood Pressure

Introduction to High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, called hypertension by doctors, affects nearly one out of every three Americans. High blood pressure can cause a multitude of serious medical problems. The good news is that there are medications and lifestyle changes that are very effective at treating problems with blood pressure. Damage to the body slows down or stops when blood pressure is brought under control.

In order to understand hypertension, it is first necessary to understand what blood pressure is and how it occurs.

The body’s tissues depend on nourishment from the blood in order to survive. Blood circulates to all body tissues through a network of blood vessels and organs known as the circulatory system. The blood is entirely contained by the circulatory system. It stays within the various vessels, arteries and organs (the lungs and heart) comprising the circulatory system and fills the space within that system pretty much completely.

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Folic Acid May Help Ward Off Stroke in People With High Blood Pressure Mar 16, 2015

SUNDAY, March 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Folic acid -- the same nutrient women take in pregnancy to help ward off birth defects -- may also help lower stroke risk in people with high blood pressure, a new Chinese study finds. The findings are intriguing, one U.S. heart... Read More


Global Blood Pressure Program Could Save Millions of Lives, Experts Say Feb 27, 2015

FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Treating half of people with uncontrolled high blood pressure could prevent 10 million heart attacks and strokes worldwide over 10 years, according to experts. Most people with uncontrolled high blood pressure (or "hypertension") are in low- and middle-income countries and have poor... Read More


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