High Blood Pressure

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is blood pressure?
  2. Blood pressure is always given as two numbers. What do they mean?
  3. What is normal blood pressure?
  4. What is high blood pressure?
  5. What is "pre-hypertension?"
  6. What is isolated systolic hypertension?
  7. Why is it so important to control my blood pressure?
  8. Who is most likely to get high blood pressure?
  9. What other factors increase my chances of getting high blood pressure?
  10. Is there any way I can prevent high blood pressure?
  11. What can I do to prepare to have my blood pressure taken?
  12. If I'm diagnosed with high blood pressure, what questions should I ask my doctor?
  13. How is high blood pressure treated?
  14. What is the treatment goal for high blood pressure?
  15. What lifestyle changes can help me control my blood pressure?
  16. What medications are commonly used to treat high blood pressure?
  17. How can I remember to take my medications as prescribed?
  18. How do I know if I need to lose weight to prevent or control my blood pressure?
  19. If I need to lose weight, what's a good approach?
  20. What is the relationship between blood pressure and body weight?
  21. What is the DASH Eating Plan?
  22. Can I lose weight following the DASH eating plan?
  23. What is the major source of the salt, or sodium, in our diets?
  24. What are some ways to reduce salt in my diet?

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