Diagnosis and Treatment of High Blood Pressure

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High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a very common disorder linked to heart attacks and strokes. It is caused by a number of lifestyle factors, such as drinking, smoking, lack of physical activity and diet. High blood pressure also runs in families. Luckily, there are a number of medications and life changes that can help manage high blood pressure and prevent it from doing more damage. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.

What Is High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure affects one in three adults in America, according to the National Heart, Lung, ... read more »

Diagnosis and Treatment of High Blood Pressure

A doctor diagnoses high blood pressure by using a cuff that goes around the arm and a stethoscope to take readings over a period of days or weeks. Though it can’t be cured, hypertension can be managed with lifestyle changes, such as losing weight and taking medication.

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  • Smoking and a lack of physical activity are two contributing factors to hypertension. To learn more about how to quit smoking, see the findingDulcinea Quit Smoking Web Guide. To learn more about how to become active, visit the findingDulcinea Fitness Web Guide, which also has detailed information about yoga, running, swimming, cycling and weight lifting. If you’re interested in participating in team sports, browse the Web guides in the findingDulcinea Sports section.
  • Smoking and a lack of physical activity are two contributing factors to hypertension. To learn more about how to quit smoking, see the findingDulcinea Quit Smoking Web Guide. To learn more about how to become active, visit the findingDulcinea Fitness Web Guide, which also has detailed information about yoga, running, swimming, cycling and weight lifting. If you’re interested in participating in team sports, browse the Web guides in the findingDulcinea Sports section.

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