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About High blood pressure
High blood pressure (hypertension) is a condition in which your heart is meeting too much resistance from blocked or narrowed arteries as it tries to pump blood and oxygen around your body. Stage 1 hypertension is generally considered to be a consistent systolic reading of 130-139 mm Hg and/or a diastolic reading of 80-89 mm Hg.
High blood pressure is a common but serious condition. Almost half of all Americans have high blood pressure. When not treated, high blood pressure can lead to an array of serious health issues including heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and much more. It’s made even more dangerous by the fact that, in some cases, symptoms may be invisible or hard to detect.
There are a variety of medicines available to treat high blood pressure. The medication that you’re prescribed will depend on many factors such as your age, race, how your body responds to treatment, and more. Many people are prescribed a combination of different medicines.
It is important to note that taking medication is only part of the equation. Equally, or perhaps even more important, is that you make some healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating a diet that is low in salt and unhealthy fats, getting regular exercise, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, abstaining from smoking, and using alcohol only in moderation, if at all.
Below is a list of medications commonly prescribed for high blood pressure to help you talk to your doctor about what medication will be best for you.
Note that all prescriptions are at your provider's discretion.