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Doctor measuring a senior women's blood pressure.
Risk Factors

Missing Teeth? Postmenopausal? Check Your Blood Pressure

A study of 36,692 postmenopausal women in the United States indicated that women who have lost teeth are at higher risk of developing high blood pressure.

Senior woman blood pressure.
Nutrition

What Causes Age-Related Rises in Blood Pressure?

A Western diet of processed foods and added salt is a primary cause of the blood pressure increases typically seen with age in developed areas of the world.

Young man measuring blood pressure sitting on bed at home.
Diagnosis

The Proven Benefits of Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

Home blood pressure readings of 130/80 mm Hg or above can be used to diagnose high blood pressure (hypertension) in adults, according to research.

High blood pressure medication.
Medication

ACE Inhibitors and Lung Cancer Risk

If you take ACE inhibitors for blood pressure, you may have an increased risk of lung cancer, according to this study published in the BMJ.

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Symptoms

Does Blood Pressure Go Up When You Get Sick? Does It Go Back Down When You Are No Longer Sick?

Does your blood pressure go up when you get sick? Find out how a cold, the flu, and over-the-counter medicines can cause stress and affect your blood pressure.

Woman exhausted at work.
Symptoms

Can High Blood Pressure Cause You to Feel Sleepy or Tired?

Blood pressure medications have many side effects that could affect sleep and cause fatigue. Learn how high blood pressure might cause tiredness.

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Treatment

Managing Hypertension With Faith

Programs to lower blood pressure through lifestyle changes presented within African-American church communities led to greater reductions in blood pressure.

Overweight young black man having his blood pressure measured.
Risk Factors

A Simple Explanation for Higher Hypertension Risk in African Americans

A diet high in fried and processed foods and sugar-sweetened beverages is a major risk factor for higher rates of high blood pressure in black Americans.

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Medication

Common Blood Pressure Meds Recalled

Some generic versions of a medication used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure, valsartan, don't meet FDA safety standards.

Woman measuring her blood pressure at home.
Diagnosis

What Is Resistant High Blood Pressure and How Is It Diagnosed?

Up to 15 percent of people with high blood pressure have resistant hypertension — blood pressure that exceeds guidelines despite medical treatment.