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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

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

4. How High Blood Pressure Harms Health

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

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

Mild Heart Attack Symptoms: What Do They Mean?

Mild Heart Attack Symptoms: What Do They Mean?

What is a “mild heart attack”? You may have heard the expression and wondered exactly what it means. A bone can have a hairline fracture or a major break. A stroke can have relatively minor consequences or be severely debilitating. So can a heart attack be mild or major?

The short

Cystic Fibrosis: Understanding a Genetic Respiratory Disease

Cystic Fibrosis: Understanding a Genetic Respiratory Disease

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic or inherited disease of the mucus and sweat glands. It affects approximately 30,000 Americans, leading to chronic health problems and premature death. Advances in treatment, however, have dramatically improved outcomes in the past 20 years.

In people with cystic fibrosis, or CF, the mucus produced by

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