A nurse takes your blood pressure at your annual physical. The numbers are recorded and the checkup continues. But do you know where on the blood pressure chart your levels are? Are they healthy? Too low? Too high, meaning you have hypertension? If you have high blood pressure or are
Most of the time you don’t feel a thing as the force of blood pressing against your blood vessel walls builds and damages arteries in your brain, heart, kidneys, and other areas of your body. Only when your blood pressure reaches very high levels do symptoms tend to arise. If
A common type of hypotension, or low blood pressure, is known as orthostatic hypotension. Also called postural hypotension, it involves a sudden drop in blood pressure when you stand up from a prone or seated position.
Orthostatic hypotension happens when blood pools in your legs upon standing. The result—within three minutes
Q:I sometimes feel dizzy when I stand up. What might be causing that?
A: It’s possible you have a condition called orthostatic hypotension (OH), which is a type of low blood pressure that occurs upon standing and can result in feeling dizzy. When you stand up, especially quickly from a lying down
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
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
There’s a good reason why high blood pressure is called the “silent killer.” While hypertension remains insidious, it is stealthily damaging not only your arteries, but every organ, tissue, and system in the body. Since all your body’s organs and tissues require the vital oxygen and nutrients from the blood
“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
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,
At some point in life, you may have experienced dizziness while standing up. Dizziness includes three subtly different symptoms:
Lightheadedness, where your head feels light, as if you may feel faint
Vertigo, where you feel that the room or world is spinning
Unsteadiness, where you feel like you are unstable