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5 Sites for Coping With High Blood Pressure

January 23, 2009
by Rachel Balik
If you have high blood pressure, you’re not alone. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) reports that one in three American adults experiences it. Use the sites below to learn more about high blood pressure and how to manage it.

Blood Pressure Basics

For starters, you might be wondering: What exactly is blood pressure? It’s a term that gets thrown around a lot, especially given the number of people who experience blood pressure abnormalities. However, not all of us are familiar with what the term actually describes. Read the MedlinePlus Encyclopedia entry on blood pressure to learn exactly what blood pressure is, what a blood pressure test entails and how to interpret your results.

Hypertension is the official name for high blood pressure. HealthAtoZ explains that high blood pressure causes your arteries and your heart to work harder. The site notes that one of the most dangerous aspects of high blood pressure is that there are no symptoms. You must visit your doctor to have your blood pressure checked. Learn what the health considerations are for someone with high blood pressure, and how to prevent heart attack and stroke.

Managing High Blood Pressure

Fortunately, there are ways to manage your high blood pressure and lead a relatively normal life. But in all likelihood, you’ll need to make alterations to your current lifestyle in order to maintain your health. Visit the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Web site to learn what kind of changes need to be made in order to keep high blood pressure under control. You’ll find information on lifestyle changes, medications, long-term management options and information on high blood pressure during pregnancy.
Mayo Clinic describes the different types of medication your doctor may prescribe to control each stage of high blood pressure, from prehypertension to stage 2 high blood pressure. Learn what diuretics, beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers and angiotensin II receptor blockers do. You’ll also find advice for those with high blood pressure combined with other health problems, and tips on how to reach a healthy blood pressure level. Look for more information on high blood pressure in the “Related” links near the bottom of the page.
But medication can’t do the whole job. Although many people greatly improve their blood pressure with the help of the right medication, the number one way to lower your blood pressure naturally is through weight loss and exercise. However, people who already have high blood pressure may need to take special precautions when exercising. WebMD’s article, “Hypertension: Safe Exercise Tips,” can help you get started on a positive exercise regime without risking further injury or strain. The article counsels on the best types of exercise, what you should include in your exercise program, how you can avoid overdoing it and more.

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