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High blood pressure

Although high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is one of the most common chronic conditions in this country, roughly half of those afflicted do not follow their prescribed medication regimen.

Complications of high blood pressure

Years of uncontrolled blood pressure can cause life-threatening disorders. High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of stroke and heart disease.

Risk factors of high blood pressure

A risk factor increases the risk of a particular disease or condition. Having a particular risk factor, however, does not mean that you will get that disease.

Prescription medications for HBP

Many prescription drugs are available for the treatment of high blood pressure. Often more than one drug is necessary to control one’s pressure.

Over-the-counter medications and HBP

Although over-the-counter drugs are readily available to consumers, those with high blood pressure need to be careful in their choice. Some OTC drugs can increase their pressure or make their medication less effective.

Pass the salt, please

According to the American Heart Association, consumers eat more than twice the recommended daily limit. Salt, or sodium, is available in many foods we purchase or eat in restaurants.

The 10 greatest sources of sodium

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that more than 40 percent of the sodium people regularly consume comes from 10 types of foods.

The hidden meaning of nutrition labels

Nutrition labels indicate the amount of sodium in each serving. For foods with limited sodium content, however, the labeling is less clear and not well understood.

Kidney failure: A silent complication

Uncontrolled high blood pressure is one of the leading causes of kidney failure. Once diagnosed, the only treatments available are dialysis and kidney transplant.

Heart failure: A weakened and enlarged heart

Heart failure, one of the leading causes of death, is often caused by uncontrolled high blood pressure. Because of increased resistance, the heart has to pump harder in order to supply blood to the body.

Home monitoring of HBP

Home monitoring of blood pressure is particularly beneficial for those with hypertension and those with several risks for the disorder. It is important to buy an approved monitor and to use it correctly.

The DASH eating plan

The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH, was a study that determined that healthy eating could control blood pressure. Reduced daily intake of sodium decreased blood pressure even further.

Edamame stew

This recipe is high in potassium and fiber and low in unhealthy fats and sodium. This combination will help lower blood pressure and decrease its risk.

Quinoa-stuffed tomatoes

This side dish pairs quinoa, a whole grain, with vegetables for a healthy recipe that is low in unhealthy fats, sodium and calories and high in fiber, protein and potassium

Exercise and high blood pressure

Regular exercise can increase the efficiency of the heart, which can help prevent or control high blood pressure.

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