Antiphospholipid syndrome is a rare disorder in which your immune system attacks certain blood proteins, creating clotting abnormalities that can cause stroke and pregnancy complications.

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.

Birth control pill FAQ

Get answers to frequently asked questions about birth control pills.

Blood pressure chart

Blood pressure machines: Skip the freebies

Blood pressure test

You may have a blood pressure test as a part of a routine doctor's appointment or to check for high blood pressure or heart disease.

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Blood pressure tip: Know alcohol limits

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Blood pressure tip: Watch the caffeine

Blood pressure tip: Watch your weight

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.

Chronic daily headaches

Chronic daily headaches strike nearly every day. Aggressive initial treatment and steady, long-term management can help reduce pain and lead to fewer headaches.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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


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.


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

Do you know your blood pressure?

Fibromuscular dysplasia

Fibromuscular dysplasia is a rare, but treatable, condition in which the arteries to your kidneys, brain or abdomen narrow, reducing blood flow to your organs.

Fruit: To peel or not to peel?


Glomerulonephritis affects your kidneys' filtering function. Complications include high blood pressure, protein in the urine (proteinuria) and kidney failure.

Guillain-Barre syndrome

Healthy eating: One meal at a time

Herbal supplement interactions

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.

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.

High blood pressure: Can you prevent it?

Home blood pressure monitoring

Home blood pressure monitoring can motivate you to reach your target numbers. Here's how to do it accurately.

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.

Hunter syndrome

Hunter syndrome, a rare metabolic disorder, occurs when the body can't break down certain complex sugars. Complications occur as these sugars accumulate in the body.

IgA nephropathy (Berger's disease)

IgA nephropathy (Berger's disease) is a kidney disorder caused by abnormal deposits of immunoglobulin A (IgA) inside your kidneys.

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.

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.


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.


Porphyria is a group of inherited disorders that result from buildup of natural chemicals call porphyrins, which can cause nervous system and skin problems.

Postpartum preeclampsia

Postpartum preeclampsia — Comprehensive overview covers symptoms and treatment of this post-pregnancy condition.

Primary aldosteronism

Primary aldosteronism is a condition in which your adrenal glands overproduce a hormone that, in excess, can cause high blood pressure. Effective treatments are available.

Sample DASH menus

Interested in following the DASH eating plan but not sure how? Here are sample menus to get you started.

Scorpion stings

Scorpion stings may be painful but are often harmless. Always seek medical treatment for a child who has received a sting.

Secondary hypertension

Secondary hypertension is a type of high blood pressure that's caused by another medical condition. Prompt treatment is often necessary to avoid complications.

Serotonin syndrome

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

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.

Sleep deprivation

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

Sleep tips


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

Sodium: Smarten up

Spider bites

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

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.

Takayasu's arteritis

Takayasu's arteritis is an uncommon form of vasculitis that affects the large arteries.


You can prevent tetanus — a serious bacterial disease — simply by being immunized against the disease.


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

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