MedicineWorld.Org - Hypertension
What is high blood pressure (hypertension)?
High blood pressure (hypertension) affects more than 45 million Americans and is the commonest reason by an adult to visit the physician's office. Hypertension is a medical term used to describe increased pressure in the arterial system that transports blood from the heart to rest of the body. It is the force exerted by flowing blood on the wall of the arteries. Blood pressure originates mainly from a combination pumping force of the heart and resistance of the blood vessels to flow. Blood pressure is expressed as two numbers, systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is caused at the time of pumping of the heart and is higher number than diastolic blood pressure which occurs during the relaxation phase of the heart's pumping cycle. Systolic blood pressure usually written above the diastolic blood pressure (like 130/85). The values are expressed as mm of mercury. In the previous example the systolic blood pressure is said to be 130 mm of mercury and the diastolic pressure is 85 mm of mercury. When one is having blood pressure above the normal limit he or she is said to have hypertension or high blood pressure.
The following table explains normal and abnormal blood pressure
Comments: Among systolic and diastolic values, the value that is most abnormal will be used for the assessment of stage of hypertension (for example if systolic blood pressure is 138 and diastolic blood pressure is 101 he or she has stage 2 hypertension).
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What are the risk factors for hypertension?
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Hypertension (Merck Source)
Hypertension in Diabetics (HypertensionHelp.com)
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New hypertension guidelines (American Heart association)
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Hypertension in the Elderly (HypertensionHelp.com)
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Hypertension (large PDF file) (P&T Digest)-Will take time to load
What causes high blood pressure (American Heart association)
Hypertension statistics (Center for Disease Control)
Control your blood pressure without medications (World Hypertension League)
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Measuring your blood pressure (World Hypertension League)
African Americans under-treated for hypertension (American Medical Association)
Hypertension in children (American Heart Association)
Pregnancy induced hypertension (eMedicine)
Mayo Clinic on High Blood Pressure
by Sheldon G. Sheps, Mayo Clinic
100 Questions to Ask Your Doctor about: Hypertension
by William M. Manger, Ray W. Gifford
The Hypertension Sourcebook
by Mary P. McGowan, Jo McGowan Chopra
The No-Salt, Lowest-Sodium Cookbook
by Donald A. Gazzaniga, Michael B. Fowler
The Black Man and Woman's Guide to Living with Hypertension
by II M.D. Hudson, James W. Reed
Hypertension: Your Questions Answered
by Ian B. Wilkinson, John R. Cockcroft, W. Stephen Waring
American Medical Association Essential Guide to Hypertension
by Angela R. Perry, Ama, American Medical Association
by Kenneth H. Cooper
Good news about hypertension
by Thomas Pickering
Say Goodbye to High Blood Pressure
by William Campbell Douglass
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