High Blood Pressure

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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.

By Diane Domina

Change Your Lifestyle and You May Not Need Blood Pressure Meds

Adults with hypertension reduced their need for blood pressure medication within 16 weeks by making lifestyle changes, according to an AHA study.

By Diane Domina

Teens Born Through IVF Are at Higher Risk of Hypertension

Adolescents conceived using assisted reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization (IVF) are at increased risk for heart problems and hypertension.

By Diane Domina

Hypertension and MS: What You Need to Know

Recent studies show that hypertension affects between 17 to 30 percent of people with MS. Find out more about the link between multiple sclerosis and high blood pressure.

By Lisa Emrich

Most African Americans Have Hypertension by Age 55

More than 75 percent of African American men and women will develop high blood pressure (hypertension) by age 55, compared to 55 percent of white men and 40 percent of white women of the same age, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

By Diane Domina

MRI Finds Dementia Before Symptoms Develop in Those With Hypertension

New research suggests that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans may be able to detect early signs of neurological damage in people with high blood pressure before dementia symptoms develop.

By Diane Domina

Masked Hypertension: A Hidden Blood Pressure Danger

Blood pressure readings at the doctor’s office may be misleading for certain people with masked hypertension. Learn how you can get the most best picture of your blood pressure.

By Stephanie Stephens

Exposure to Air Pollution Before Birth Raises Hypertension Risk in Kids

Children exposed to high levels of air pollution in utero during the third trimester of pregnancy have an increased risk for high blood pressure (hypertension), according to a study from Johns Hopkins University.

By Diane Domina

What Makes Blood Pressure Suddenly Increase?

Question Asked by sam What Makes Blood Pressure Suddenly Increase? During a recent visit to the doctor my blood pressure was suddenly very high, so high that I had to go to the emergency and be monitored for several hours. I was put on metaprolol, bu...

Blood Pressure and Water Intake

Dehydration is a potential cause of low blood pressure (hypotension) due to decreased blood volume resulting in decreased pressure against artery walls. However, did you know not drinking enough water can lead to high blood pressure? When you do not ...

By Lisa Nelson, RD, LN