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You can have high blood pressure and feel just fine. That’s why adults need a blood pressure test at least once every two years. Loneliness may boost high blood pressure in older adults.
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Age Page: High Blood Pressure — This publication discusses what blood pressure is, what is considered high blood pressure, how it is measured, what causes it, and how to prevent it.
Exercise: A Drug-Free Approach to Lowering High Blood Pressure (Copyright © Mayo Foundation) — This fact sheet discusses how you can lower your blood pressure through exercise.
For People With Diabetes or High Blood Pressure: Get Checked for Kidney Disease — This fact sheet discusses how diabetes and high blood pressure are the two leading causes of kidney disease. This fact sheet provides steps to keep your kidneys healthy.
High Blood Pressure — This publication provides detailed information on the causes, symptoms, and treatment of high blood pressure. It also explains how it can be prevented and discusses the special concerns for women and older adults.
High Blood Pressure (Copyright © American Heart Association) — High blood pressure is a common but symptomless condition. Knowing about your genetic predispositions, making simple lifestyle changes, and talking to your doctor can help you reduce the risk of high blood pressure. This interactive website includes information on all this and more.
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) (Copyright © Mayo Foundation) — This fact sheet will help you understand your risk factors for high blood pressure so that you can help prevent or delay the onset of high blood pressure and its life-threatening complications.
High Blood Pressure and Kidney Disease — This publication explains what high blood pressure is, how it can lead to kidney problems, and how it is diagnosed and treated.
High Blood Pressure Dangers: Hypertension's Effects on Your Body (Copyright © Mayo Foundation) — This fact sheet will help you learn more about high blood pressure so that you know the health risks and understand the importance of controlling high blood pressure.
High Blood Pressure Medicines (Copyright © American Academy of Family Physicians) — This publication briefly explains how high blood pressure is treated and provides a detailed look at the types of medications that are used. It also explains the possible side effects and interactions with other drugs or foods.
High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours (Copyright © American Academy of Family Physicians) — This fact sheet discusses what you can do to lower your risk of developing high blood pressure.
Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure — This website has an interactive guide that answers common questions about high blood pressure and offers tips and quizzes. It also provides information on medications and suggestions on how to talk to your doctor.
Your Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure With DASH — Get with the plan that is clinically proven to significantly reduce blood pressure! This booklet offers a week's worth of sample menus and recipes created to follow the most recent nutritional guidelines. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan features plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other foods that are heart healthy and lower in salt and sodium. It also provides additional information on weight loss and physical activity.
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Content last updated August 12, 2010.
Resources last updated August 12, 2010.
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