Condition: High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

How is high blood pressure (hypertension) identified?

High blood pressure, technically known as hypertension, has a number of causes. Frequently, your physician may prescribe blood pressure pills, diuretics (water pills), and other medications to help you lower your blood pressure.

High blood pressure is associated with serious medical problems like heart attack or stroke. By lowering your blood pressure, you can decrease the probability of suffering from a heart attack or stroke by eliminating one risk factor associated with these debilitating diseases.

Essential hypertension implies that your doctor may not be entirely certain what causes your high blood pressure; however, he or she can tell you some of the behavioral changes you can make to keep your blood pressure normal.

Psychological stress and certain behaviors certainly can increase your blood pressure. Conversely, appropriate breathing patterns, deep muscle relaxation, voluntary hand and foot warming, and other techniques can lower your blood pressure.