In-depth

Alternative medicine

Herbal supplement interactions

Causes

Arteriosclerosis / atherosclerosis

Chronic kidney disease

Chronic kidney disease, often caused by diabetes or high blood pressure, is the gradual loss of kidney function. Early detection and treatment can help.

Cushing syndrome

Cushing syndrome is caused by an excess of the hormone cortisol, originating from your adrenal glands or from corticosteroid medications you're taking for another illness.

Drug addiction

Hypothermia

Medications and supplements that can raise your blood pressure

Some over-the-counter and prescription medications and supplements can raise your blood pressure. Find out if what you're taking could cause high blood pressure.

Molar pregnancy

Pituitary tumors

Pituitary tumors are abnormal growths in the pituitary gland in the brain. Most are noncancerous (benign). Some may cause overproduction of hormones and associated problems.

Spider bites

Spider bites — Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, complications, treatment of spider bites.

Complications

Guillain-Barre syndrome

High blood pressure and sex

High blood pressure and the medications to treat it can impact your sex life. Consider potential problems — and solutions.

High blood pressure dangers

High blood pressure is a risk factor for more than heart disease. Discover what complications high blood pressure can cause.

Sleep apnea, obstructive

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea — a condition that causes you to repeatedly stop breathing while you sleep.

Definition

High blood pressure: Can you prevent it?

Lifestyle and home remedies

Blood pressure tip: Get more potassium

Blood pressure tip: Get off the couch

Blood pressure tip: Know alcohol limits

Blood pressure tip: Stress out no more

Blood pressure tip: Watch the caffeine

Blood pressure tip: Watch your weight

DASH diet

Avoid the potential pitfalls of restaurant dining by watching out for hidden fat, excess salt and heaping portions.

DASH diet

The DASH diet doesn't have to be difficult. These tips can help you shop and cook according to DASH diet principles.

DASH diet

The DASH diet can control blood pressure and offer other health benefits. Here's how to make it a part of your healthy lifestyle.

DASH recommended servings

The DASH diet emphasizes whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products. This table of recommended servings can help you plan meals.

High blood pressure and exercise

Exercise is a great way to control your blood pressure. Even small changes in your daily routine can make a big difference.

How much sleep do you really need?

The usual advice is eight hours a night, but many factors, such as age and genetics, influence how much shut-eye you need.

Medication-free hypertension control

Lifestyle changes are an important part of controlling high blood pressure. Here are 10 ways to lower your blood pressure without medication.

Sample DASH menus

Sleep tips

Stress and high blood pressure

Even though stress hasn't been proven to cause high blood pressure, reducing your stress can help control your blood pressure by improving your general health.

Risk factors

Birth control pill FAQ

Get answers to frequently asked questions about birth control pills.

Coarctation of the aorta

Coarctation of the aorta is a cardiovascular defect resulting in a narrowing of the aorta, the blood vessel that delivers oxygen-rich blood to your body.

Diabetes

Diabetes affects how your body uses blood sugar. Too much blood sugar over long periods can cause serious health problems, but treatments are available.

Do you know your blood pressure?

Polycystic kidney disease

Sleep deprivation

Think getting by on a few hours of sleep is no big deal? Think again.

What's your high blood pressure risk?

Symptoms

Dizziness

Dizziness is one of the most common health concerns. However, few cases of dizziness are due to serious conditions.

Preeclampsia

Snoring

Snoring may be just a nighttime annoyance, or it may indicate a more serious health condition. It can also disrupt your life and relationships.

Tests and diagnosis

Blood pressure chart

Blood pressure test

Treatments and drugs

Alpha blockers

Alpha blockers, also called alpha-adrenergic antagonists, treat several conditions, such as high blood pressure and enlarged prostate. Find out more about these medications.

Angiotensin II receptor blockers

Angiotensin II receptor blockers, sometimes called angiotensin II inhibitors, treat a variety of conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart failure and scleroderma.

Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors

ACE inhibitors treat a variety of conditions, such as high blood pressure, scleroderma and migraines. Find out more about this class of medication.

Beta blockers

Beta blockers treat a variety of conditions, such as high blood pressure, glaucoma and migraines. Find out more about dosing and side effects.

Calcium channel blockers

Calcium channel blockers, also called calcium antagonists, treat a variety of conditions, such as high blood pressure, migraines and Raynaud's disease.

Central-acting agents

Central-acting agents, also called central adrenergic inhibitors, treat conditions such as high blood pressure and drug or alcohol withdrawal by affecting your nervous system.

Choosing blood pressure medications

Choosing the right high blood pressure medication can be tricky. Find out when the various drug options are appropriate.

Diuretics

Diuretics, sometimes called water pills, treat a variety of conditions, such as high blood pressure and edema. Find out more about this class of medication.

Serotonin syndrome

Serotonin syndrome — caused by mixing some antidepressants and other medications — can be life-threatening if left untreated.

Vasodilators

Vasodilators treat a variety of conditions, including high blood pressure. Find out more about this class of medication.

Sept. 06, 2014

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