Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of arteries. Blood pressure is recorded as two numbers—the systolic pressure (as the heart beats) over the diastolic pressure (as the heart relaxes between beats). High blood pressure increases your chance (or risk) for getting heart disease and/or kidney disease, and for having a stroke. It is especially dangerous because it often has no warning signs or symptoms.

recommended reading
These articles provide in-depth information and are written to help you make the best healthcare decisions for you and your loved ones.
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
action sets
Action Sets are designed to help you take an active role in managing a health condition. Action Sets provide the tools and information you can use in the day-to-day management of your health conditions.
Monitoring Your Blood Pressure at Home
Taking your high blood pressure medications properly
Tips for following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet
tests & procedures

You doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests to evaluate your condition.

Blood Urea Nitrogen
Electrocardiography (EKG, ECG)
Home Blood Pressure Test
Urine Test

For other tests and diagnostic procedures use the section of this site called Medical Tests A to Z.

Chronic Kidney Disease
Coronary Artery Disease
Heart Failure
Preventing Heart Disease
Smoking Cessation
medication center
medication assistance

This section provides you with an alphabetical listing of more than 1,000 medications, including prescription drugs and those you can purchase over-the-counter. Just select your medications to learn more about them. You can choose your medication by brand name or generic name.

Medications A-Z

If you are having difficulty paying for your medications you may qualify for financial assistance or free medications. Visit the Medication Assistance Center to learn about available medication and insurance programs.

Don't let financial problems stop you from getting the treatment you need; there are resources and organizations that may be able to help you.

additional resources

This listing provides you with Internet sites that are sponsored by government agencies or are well-known and credible national organizations.

American Heart Association
Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure
MEDLINEplus—High Blood Pressure
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure

Surfing the Internet
When looking at Internet sites, remember that the information can be sponsored by anyone. Take into account the sponsoring group or individual when gathering information or help. Be especially careful about giving out personal or financial information.

Learn more about surfing the web:

Ataques al corazón - [Heart Attack]
Embolias (derrames cerebrales) - [Stroke]
Presión alta - [High Blood Pressure]

Last modified on: 30 June 2015