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Quick Facts about High Blood Pressure

There is a vast amount of information available about high blood pressure, both in scientific journals and in the popular media. Making sense of it all can be overwhelming and confusing. This quick reference guide scours the scientific and popular literature for you, and will help you easily and quickly understand the most important facts about high blood pressure.

Should I Take My Blood Pressure Medications the Day of Surgery?
Certain medications, including several high blood pressure drugs and some steroids, should be taken the day of surgery.

What Time of Day Should I Take My Blood Pressure Medications?
The best time of day to take your high blood pressure medication varies, and is primarily based on the type(s) of medication youre taking and your blood pressure and treatment goals. Timing considerations for high blood pressure treatment are based less on differences in drug effectiveness than on personal routines and lifestyle considerations.

My Blood Pressure Changes a Lot During the Day. Is Something Wrong?
While some variation in blood pressure during the day is completely normal, extreme changes could be an indicator that something is wrong. Learn how to tell if your blood pressure changes are a cause for concern and what to do if you suspect another problem.

Only My Systolic Blood Pressure is High, Do I Need Treatment?
Variation in blood pressure readings is common, and some people with high blood pressure will show more change in one number than the other. Sometimes a very high systolic hypertension is a sign of a specific disease, but usually these are actually just cases of general hypertension. Learn how to recognize the difference and what to do about it.

My Blood Pressure is Less Than 120/80, Should I Still Take My Medicines?
You should continue to take your blood pressure medications even if your blood pressure is below 120/80. As long as you don't have any symptoms, your blood pressure is not too low. It can be dangerous to suddenly stop taking some high blood pressure medicines, so be sure to discuss this with your doctor.

Should My Blood Pressure Be 120/80 Even After Exercise?
Your blood pressure will naturally rise during physical activity and remain high for about an hour afterwards. Even if you're being treated for high blood pressure, you will still see this increase. People with high blood pressure need to be careful not to let their pressure rise too high during exercise. Learn how to determine these limits and how to work with your doctor to develop a safe and effective exercise plan.

When is the Best Time of Day to Check My Blood Pressure?
There is no single best time to check your blood pressure. Figuring out when to check depends on your personal schedule, treatment plan, and the reason for doing the check. Learn the reasons behind this and the benefits to adopting a regular blood pressure monitoring routine.

Can I Have Surgery if I Have High Blood Pressure?
Elevated blood pressure is typically not a reason to cancel or delay surgery. During surgery your blood pressure and other vital signs are carefully controlled by an anesthesiologist, so will be very close to ideal levels.

How is Proteinuria Related to High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can cause damage to the kidneys, which may be reflected as an increase in the amount of protein present in the urine. Learn how kidney function in influenced by blood pressure, and why rises in blood pressure can lead to kidney damage.

Do Asthma Medications Affect Blood Pressure?
While common asthma medications work at some of the same locations as high blood pressure medications, asthma medications typically pose little or no risk of elevating blood pressure.

When and How Should Blood Pressure be Measured in Children?
Blood pressure should be measured at every doctor visit for children 3 years and older, and children less than 3 years old typically do not require regular blood pressure monitoring.

How Common is High Blood Pressure in Children?
High blood pressure is an increasing problem among children and adolescents.

How Does High Blood Pressure Cause Erectile Dysfunction?
Having high blood pressure can potentially cause erectile dysfunction. Learn how.

What is Pseudohypertension?
Pseduohypertension is a condition where the blood pressure reading is elevated but the actual blood pressure is not. It is typically found in older people as a result of calcium deposits stiffening the walls of the blood vessels.

What Are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants are helpful molecules that absorb a special type of oxygen molecule called a "free radical."

Do Some People Really Have High Blood Pressure Only in the Doctor's Office?
This condition is called "whitecoat hypertension." It is usually a result of stress, and will most likely fade over time as patients become more adjusted to having their blood pressure checked in the doctor's office.

My Blood Pressure Is Only High at the Doctor's Office: Do I Need Treatment?
If you only seem to get high blood pressure when you're at the doctor's office, you probably have "whitecoat hypertension," which does not usually require treatment.

What is Considered Normal Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure readings less than 120/80 are considered normal.

What are the Symptoms of High Blood Pressure?
High blood pressure typically does not have any symptoms, but can present in certain ways.

How is High Blood Pressure Treated?
Treatment varies depending on severity and high blood pressure type, as well as the presence of any complications.

Common Misconceptions About High Blood Pressure
The American Heart Association has prepared a quick and easy to read guide outlining some common misconceptions about high blood pressure. For more information be sure to read High Blood Pressure Basics

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