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Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, when the force of blood pushes against blood vessel walls. It is dangerous because it makes the heart work harder to pump blood to the body and it contributes to hardening of the arteries or atherosclerosis and the development of heart failure.


[edit] Blood pressure basics

  • Understanding the numbers
    • Prehypertension 120 - 139 /80 - 89
    • Borderline 120 - 160 /90 - 94
    • Mild 140 - 160 / 95 - 104
    • Moderate 140 - 180/ 105 - 114
    • Severe 160 + / 115 +

  • What does blood pressure measure?

Each time the heart beats, it sends blood coursing through the arteries. The peak reading of the pressure exerted by this contraction is the systolic pressure. Between beats the heart relaxes, and blood pressure drops. This lower reading is referred to as the diastolic pressure. Blood pressure readings are in millimetres of mercury (mm Hg). A normal blood pressure reading for adults is 120 (systolic)/80 (diastolic). Readings above this level are a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke.

[edit] Symptoms and are you at risk?

  • Risk factors you can’t change
  • Controllable risk factors

[edit] Causes

Types of hypertension

  • Essential hypertension
  • Isolated systolic hypertension
  • Secondary hypertension
  • White-coat hypertension
  • Labile hypertension
  • Resistant hypertension
  • Malignant hypertension
  • Hypertension during pregnancy

[edit] How does hypertension damage your health

  • Stroke
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Dementia
  • Kidney disease
  • Eye damage

[edit] Diagnosing hypertension

  • Testing for hypertension
  • Monitoring blood pressure at home

[edit] Treating high blood pressure

  • If your reading is normal
  • Prehypertension

[edit] The Cure

  • Foods that cure
  • Medication types
  • Lifestyle changes

[edit] Common Medications for treating hypertension

Classes of hypertension drugs

  • Diuretics
  • Anti-adrenergics
  • Direct-acting vasodilators
  • Calcium-channel blockers
  • ACE inhibitors
  • Angiotensin II receptor blockers
  • Renin inhibitors
  • Drug combinations
  • The right drug for the right person

[edit] Antihypertensives and their side effects

[edit] Atherosclerosis

[edit] References

[edit] See Also