High Blood Pressure

Hypertension

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition where the pressure inside your arteries is higher than it should be. People with high blood pressure frequently do not have symptoms and may not even realize they have a problem. However, it can be serious and puts you at risk for heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease. If you have high or elevated blood pressure, you can lower it by being more active, weight loss, reducing your alcoholic intake, and adjusting your diet to reduce salt and increase fruits and vegetables. If your doctor decides medicine is needed, you will most likely be prescribed an ACE inhibitor, a calcium channel blocker, a beta blocker, or a diuretic.