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9. Conclusion

For most of your life, you’ve probably been unaware of the blood flowing through your arteries, veins, and capillaries. You don’t notice the pressure of blood flowing against your vessels.
Then, one day, your doctor tells you two numbers, followed by an abbreviation of mmHg and a discussion about medications. All

8. Treating Hypertension

Usually, a diagnosis of hypertension comes with a prescription for a blood-pressure-lowering, or antihypertensive, medication. Eventually, many people with hypertension require two or more drugs to control their blood pressure. In many cases, people diagnosed with higher blood pressure may begin antihypertensive treatment with multiple medications.
You and your doctor have

7. Use Your Lifestyle to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Your age, race, gender, and genes. You can’t do anything about them, and if they increase your odds of hypertension, they already have you at a disadvantage.
You need a weapon to help you fight back and try to even out the odds.
Fortunately, your lifestyle is that weapon—perhaps the best one!

6. How Low Should Your Blood Pressure Go?

When it comes to the health of your heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and other parts of your body, the numbers 130/80 are of particular significance. If your blood pressure is above this mark, you have hypertension, according to 2017 guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of

5. Blood Pressure Diagnosis and Monitoring

As you’ve read in the previous chapters, high blood pressure can have devastating effects on your heart, brain, kidneys, and any place in your body where arteries transport blood. What’s especially worrisome is that, since hypertension usually produces no warning signs, you’ll probably have no idea what’s going until the

3. High Blood Pressure Risk Factors

“What can I do to reduce my risk?” That’s one of the most common questions physicians receive from patients when discussing their likelihood of developing a chronic medical condition. Like these patients, you want to be proactive about your health. You want to do everything in your power to prevent

2. Multiple Forms of Hypertension

The burden of high blood pressure in the United States is striking. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), 78,862 deaths in the United States in 2015 were due primarily to high blood pressure, and the number of deaths attributable to hypertension rose 37.5 percent from 2005 to 2015. Furthermore,

1. What Blood Pressure Is

How Your Heart Functions
Your heart. It’s about the size of your fist, and it weighs only about eight to 10 ounces. It’s composed of two upper chambers (the left and right atria) and two lower chambers (the left and right ventricles) that work in unison. On average, your heart contracts

Flu Season: How Long It Lasts—and How to Survive It

Flu Season: How Long It Lasts—and How to Survive It

You read about the rough and unsettling flu season of 2017-18: In America, some 900,000 people were hospitalized and 80,000 died from the flu and its complications. By comparison, deaths in a typical flu season number around 30,000. The 2017-18 flu season was the worst we’ve seen since 2011, when

Daily Sodium Intake: Here’s How to Cut the Salt

Daily Sodium Intake: Here’s How to Cut the Salt

We know it’s important go light on sodium: Too much salt has been proven to raise blood pressure, leading to a host of potential health issues. Today, Americans are consuming substantially more sodium than in the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). “About 90 percent

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