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Blood Pressure / Hypertension Knowledge Base

What is Hypertension / Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure or hypertension as it is commonly referred to is a common condition in which the force of the blood against your artery wall is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease.

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What are the symptoms of High Blood Pressure?

Most people with high blood pressure have no signs or symptoms, even if blood pressure readings reach dangerously high levels.

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When to see a doctor or health professional about high blood pressure?

You’ll likely have your blood pressure taken as part of a routine doctor’s appointment or via a health coach at a corporate health screening like those carried out by RediCare.

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What is secondary hypertension?

This type of high blood pressure, called secondary hypertension, tends to appear suddenly and cause higher blood pressure than primary hypertension.

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What are the risk factors of High Blood Pressure?

The risk of high blood pressure increases as you age. Through early middle age, or about age 45, high blood pressure is more common in men. Women are more likely to develop high blood pressure after age 65.
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What are the complications of High Blood Pressure / Hypertension?

The excessive pressure on your artery walls caused by high blood pressure can damage your blood vessels, as well as organs in your body. The higher your blood pressure and the longer it goes uncontrolled, the greater the damage.

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What Preparation do I do for an appointment for suspected High Blood Pressure?

If you think you may have high blood pressure, make an appointment with your family doctor, health care provider or local pharmacy, or RediCare clinic to have your blood pressure checked.

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How is Blood Pressure Measured?

To measure your blood pressure, your doctor or a specialist will usually place an inflatable arm cuff around your arm and measure your blood pressure using a pressure-measuring gauge.

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How is High Blood Pressure / Hypertension treated?

Changing your lifestyle can go a long way toward controlling high blood pressure. Your doctor may recommend you eat a healthy eating plan with less salt, exercise regularly, quit smoking and maintain a healthy weight.

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What is Resistant Hypertension?

Resistant hypertension is when your blood pressure is difficult to control.

If your blood pressure remains stubbornly high despite taking at least three different types of high blood pressure drugs, one of which should be a diuretic, you may have resistant hypertension.

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How is Blood Pressure Managed with Lifestyle Change?

Lifestyle changes can help you control and prevent high blood pressure, even if you’re taking blood pressure medication. Here’s what you can do:

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