• Treatment Options for Hypertension

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    One in three Americans has hypertension, or high blood pressure.  Two out of 10 Americans may not know they have hypertension, because usually, there are no symptoms for hypertension. But whether you know you have it or not, uncontrolled hypertension increases your risk for cardiovascular disease, including heart attack, heart failure, and stroke, as well as kidney disease and eye disease.

    It is generally recommended that you have your blood pressure checked at least once per year, or more frequently if you already have a diagnosis of hypertension. It is easy for doctors to perform a non-invasive blood pressure test in the office to diagnose hypertension.  Your doctor will determine possible causes of hypertension, if they can be identified.

    Then you can begin to get your blood pressure under control by making some lifestyle changes. But often one or more medications for treating hypertension are also necessary to keep your blood pressure in the normal range of below 120/80 mmHg.

    Lifestyle Changes for People with Hypertension

    Modifying your lifestyle can help lower your risk for hypertension. Or if you already have hypertension, these lifestyle changes can help you manage your hypertension by keeping your blood pressure in a normal range (less than 120/80mmHg). Get started here.

    Medications for Treating Hypertension

    Fortunately, there are many medications available to help control blood pressure.  Different types of medications work on different parts of the body to lower blood pressure. As a result, controlling your blood pressure may require taking more than one type of medication. Learn more about them here.

    An Innovative Treatment Option: Renal Denervation

    Sometimes hypertension is difficult to control even when several medications are taken. If three or more medications are needed, and your blood pressure is still not under control, it is called resistant hypertension. About 30 percent of people with hypertension have resistant hypertension. People with resistant hypertension are at higher risk for stroke and heart attack. But the good news is there’s an exciting new treatment under investigation for resistant hypertension. Learn more about renal (kidney) denervation here.

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    Blood Pressure Log

    Record your blood pressure each time you take it outside the doctor’s office. Bring it to your next doctor’s appointment and help your doctor see your blood pressure patterns.

    Blood Pressure Test

    High blood pressure (also called hypertension) is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, and other cardiovascular conditions. When a medical professional measures your blood pressure, that person is measuring the force with which blood moves through your artery walls. Too much force can damage the artery walls, leading to cardiovascular disease.

    Causes of Hypertension

    In some cases, an underlying cause of hypertension can be identified and corrected. But in most cases, the cause of hypertension is unknown and blood pressure increases slowly over time. Several risk factors appear to raise your risk of developing hypertension. But many risk factors can be controlled by following a healthy lifestyle.

    Diagnosing Hypertension

    Your doctor can diagnose hypertension by checking your blood pressure during at least three office visits. There are two numbers that make up your blood pressure reading. Find out what they mean here.

    Hypertension and Your Heart

    Did you know you may be one of the 30 percent of Americans who have hypertension? Also known as high blood pressure, hypertension is a common problem that can affect your health in many ways. It affects people of all ages, even children.

    Physical Activity

    Making regular physical activity part of your lifestyle is one of the most effective ways you can improve your own heart health.

    Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Hypertension

    The following questions can help you talk to your doctor about your individual risk of having hypertension. Print out or write down these questions and take them with you to your appointment. Taking notes can help you remember your physician’s response when you get home.

    Reading Food Labels

    The Nutrition Facts panel on food packages tells you everything you need to know about the healthfulness of a product. You just have to know what to look for and how to interpret the information. Learn more about what to ignore and what to consider carefully.

    Resources on Hypertension

    Resources on Hypertension

    Salt & Your Heart: Cutting Back on Sodium May Be a Life Saver

    Did you know that the average American consumes more than twice the amount of sodium recommended by the American Heart Association? And worldwide people on average consume nearly double the levels recommended by the World Health Organization. Researchers have found that this consumption contributes to 2.3 million deaths per year from cardiovascular disease, primarily from coronary heart disease, which causes heart attack, and stroke. You can’t change your age or your family history of heart disease, but your sodium intake is a heart disease risk factor that you can do something about, starting today.