Blood Pressure Health Topics

Featured Tests and Procedures
There are two types of sphygmomanometers (devices used to measure blood pressure). This portion of the eMedTV archives takes a closer look at how blood pressure is measured, and also explains how these devices work.
Featured Conditions and Diseases
People with an average blood pressure reading of more than 140/90 have high blood pressure. This section of the eMedTV library explains this condition in detail, including the different types, how it is diagnosed, causes, and treatment options.
Featured Medications
Accupril is a drug used to control high blood pressure and treat congestive heart failure symptoms. This eMedTV page provides an overview of Accupril, including information on side effects, dosing, and potential drug interactions.
Accuretic is a prescription drug that is used to treat high blood pressure in adults. This section of the eMedTV library explains how the drug works and offers more details on its effects, possible side effects, and dosing guidelines.
Adalat CC is an extended-release medication that is approved to treat high blood pressure. This eMedTV article explains how the prescription medication works, describes some potential side effects, and discusses how and when to take the drug.
Aliskiren-HCTZ is a combination medication often prescribed to lower blood pressure. This eMedTV article takes an in-depth look at how aliskiren-HCTZ works, its potential side effects, tips for when and how to take the drug, and general precautions.
Altace is a brand-name drug used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. This page on the eMedTV site offers important information on this prescription drug, including how it works, dosing guidelines, and possible side effects.
Amturnide is a combination medication prescribed to lower blood pressure. This page of the eMedTV Web site features a detailed overview of this medicine, including how each of the three active ingredients works, dosing tips, and possible side effects.
This eMedTV article describes Atacand and the conditions it is licensed to treat, including high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. This page also describes how Atacand works, its possible side effects, and dosing strengths.
Atacand HCT is a medication that lowers blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels and reducing blood volume. This eMedTV article takes an in-depth look at this drug, explaining potential side effects, dosing guidelines, safety warnings, and more.
Atenolol is a prescription drug used to treat several conditions, including high blood pressure and angina. This eMedTV segment further discusses approved uses and describes the drug's effects, dosing information, and potential side effects.
Avalide is a drug prescribed to treat high blood pressure. This page on the eMedTV Web site gives an overview of this combination medicine, including an explanation of how it works, its potential side effects, when and how to take it, and more.
Avapro is often prescribed for people with diabetic nephropathy or high blood pressure. This eMedTV segment explains how the drug works and discusses possible side effects, available strengths, and general dosing information.
AZOR is a prescription medicine that is approved for treating high blood pressure. This article on the eMedTV site offers dosing information on AZOR, describes possible effects of the medicine, and explains what you should know before taking it.
Benicar, a prescription drug used to treat high blood pressure, works by relaxing the blood vessels. This eMedTV Web page explains how the drug works, its side effects, strengths, and more.
Benicar HCT is a combination drug often used in the treatment of high blood pressure in adults. This eMedTV resource takes an in-depth look at this drug, with information on possible side effects, dosing guidelines, and more.
Bisoprolol and hydrochlorothiazide is a prescription medicine licensed to treat high blood pressure. This eMedTV segment describes the specific effects of this combination drug, explains how it works, offers dosing information, and more.
Brevibloc is an IV medicine used to control arrhythmias, high blood pressure, and a rapid heart rate. This eMedTV article gives an overview of this drug, including how it's used, what side effects may occur, who manufactures it, and more.
Bystolic is a prescription medicine licensed for the treatment of high blood pressure. This eMedTV Web page describes how Bystolic works, explains when and how to take this drug, and lists some of the potential side effects of the medication.
A healthcare provider may prescribe Calan to treat high blood pressure, chest pain, or some arrhythmias. This eMedTV article offers an overview of Calan, including information on how it works, possible side effects, and tips on taking the medication.
Calcium channel blockers may be prescribed to treat chest pain, arrhythmias, and high blood pressure. This eMedTV article offers an overview of these medications, providing information on how they work, possible side effects, and more.
Capoten is a drug that is licensed to treat conditions related to the heart, kidneys, and blood vessels. This eMedTV resource offers a more in-depth look at the drug, including its specific uses, effects, and dosing information.
Cardizem CD is a prescription drug that is used for treating angina and high blood pressure. This eMedTV page describes the effects of the drug, offers general dosing information, and explains what you should know before starting treatment.
Catapres is a medication licensed to treat high blood pressure. This article from the eMedTV Web site explains how it works, describes the drug's effects, offers dosing information, lists some of its potential side effects, and more.
Coreg is a drug prescribed for congestive heart failure treatment and high blood pressure control. As this eMedTV article explains, the drug can also be given after a heart attack to improve survival and decrease the chances of another heart attack.
Corgard is a prescription drug approved for the treatment of high blood pressure and angina. This eMedTV Web page describes how the medication works, explains what side effects may occur, and offers dosing information for the medicine.
Cozaar is a medication that is used to treat high blood pressure and diabetic nephropathy. This eMedTV article offers a more in-depth look at Cozaar and its specific uses, possible side effects, and dosing information.
Dilacor XR is a prescribed drug that relaxes the blood vessels to lower blood pressure and treat chest pain. This eMedTV article offers an overview of Dilacor XR, including some general precautions of the drug, possible side effects, and dosing tips.
Dilt-CD is a prescription medicine that is used to treat high blood pressure and certain types of angina. This eMedTV segment describes Dilt-CD in more detail and provides a more in-depth look at its uses, effects, and dosing information.
Diovan is a prescription drug approved to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. As this eMedTV page explains, it also helps improve survival after a heart attack. Dosing information, side effects, and precautions are also included.
Diovan HCT is a combination drug used in the treatment of high blood pressure. This page from the eMedTV archives explains how the medication works, how and when to take it, common side effects, and what to do if you take too much.
Doxazosin may be prescribed to lower high blood pressure and treat an enlarged prostate. This eMedTV resource provides an in-depth look at the drug, including how it works, possible side effects, general dosing guidelines, and more.
Dynacirc CR is a prescription drug that is used for controlling high blood pressure. This part of the eMedTV archives describes Dynacirc CR in more detail and offers information on the medicine's effects, dosing guidelines, and possible side effects.
Edarbi is a prescription drug licensed to treat high blood pressure. This eMedTV Web page offers a complete overview of this medicine, including information on how it works to relax the blood vessels, dosing guidelines, possible side effects, and more.
Available by prescription only, Edarbyclor is approved to help treat high blood pressure. This eMedTV Web selection offers an overview of this medicine, with details on how it works, general dosing instructions, safety precautions, and more.
Enalapril is a prescription medicine used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. This eMedTV article explains how enalapril works and discusses its effects, dosing guidelines, and potential side effects.
Eprosartan/HCTZ is a drug used to control high blood pressure. This selection from the eMedTV Web site provides a complete overview of this medicine, including its dosing guidelines, possible side effects, safety precautions, and strengths.
Esidrix is a medicine prescribed for the treatment of fluid retention and high blood pressure. This eMedTV resource further discusses this diuretic and its uses, potential side effects, and general dosing information.
Exforge is a drug that has been approved as a treatment for high blood pressure. This portion of the eMedTV library provides an overview of the drug, including information on how it works, potential side effects, and tips on taking it safely.
Exforge HCT is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of high blood pressure. This eMedTV Web page describes how the drug works, explains when and how to take it, and lists some of the potential side effects of this medicine.
Fosinopril is a drug often used to control high blood pressure and to relieve symptoms of CHF. This eMedTV resource provides a detailed overview of this drug, with information on dosing guidelines, potential side effects, precautions, and more.
Hydrochlorothiazide is a drug that is used to treat fluid retention and high blood pressure. This eMedTV article explains how hydrochlorothiazide works and offers information on its effects, dosing guidelines, and potential side effects.
Hyzaar is a prescription medicine used to treat high blood pressure. This selection from the eMedTV archives explains how this drug works and offers detailed information on the effects, dosages, and potential side effects of Hyzaar.
Inderal is a drug used to treat atrial fibrillation, hypertension, and several other conditions. This eMedTV article offers an overview of Inderal, including information on dosing, side effects, strengths, and more.
Inderide is a drug prescribed to treat high blood pressure. This selection from the eMedTV Web site provides an overview of this combination medicine, including an explanation of how it works, potential side effects, when and how to take it, and more.
Isradipine is a medicine that is available by prescription to treat high blood pressure. This eMedTV article explains how the drug works, provides dosing information for the medicine, and lists possible side effects that may occur during treatment.
Labetalol is a prescription medication that can be used to control high blood pressure. This eMedTV article offers an overview of this drug, including tips on how to best take it, common side effects to be aware of, dosing information, and more.
Lasix is a prescription medicine that is used to treat fluid retention and high blood pressure. This eMedTV article explains how Lasix works to decrease blood volume, offers tips for when and how to take the drug, and lists potential side effects.
Levatol is a beta blocker medication often prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure. This eMedTV segment explains how the medicine works, offers dosing information, lists some of the potential side effects to be aware of, and more.
Lisinopril is an ACE inhibitor approved to treat congestive heart failure and high blood pressure. This eMedTV Web page explains how the drug works, other uses for it, possible side effects, dosing guidelines, and more.
Available by prescription, Loniten is a drug used to lower high blood pressure. This eMedTV Web article offers an overview of this medicine, describing how it works, when and how to take it, and why it may not be the best choice for some people.
Lopressor is a drug used to treat several conditions related to the heart and blood vessels. This eMedTV page covers some specific uses of the prescription drug (such as relieving angina symptoms), as well as its effects, dosing tips, and strengths.
Available by prescription, Lotensin is a drug used to lower high blood pressure. This eMedTV article gives an overview of Lotensin, describing how it works, how and when to take it, and what to do if you overdose.
As this eMedTV resource explains, Lotensin HCT is a drug that is used to lower high blood pressure in adults. This Web page offers an overview of this product, including information on general dosing guidelines, possible side effects, and more.
Lotrel is prescribed to lower high blood pressure in adults. This portion of the eMedTV archives explains how Lotrel works to relax the blood vessels also gives an overview of potential side effects and general doing guidelines.
Mavik is a drug that can be used to treat high blood pressure. This eMedTV Web page lists other Mavik uses (such as lowering the risk of developing congestive heart failure symptoms after a heart attack), as well as possible side effects of the drug.
Maxzide is approved for the treatment of high blood pressure and fluid retention. This segment of the eMedTV library offers a detailed look at the drug, including how it works, dosing information, precautions and warnings, and side effects.
Micardis is a medication that is prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure in adults. This page on the eMedTV site further describes Micardis and its effects, potential side effects, and dosing tips and precautions.
Micardis HCT is a blood pressure medicine that combines two drugs -- hydrochlorothiazide and Micardis. This eMedTV Web page offers a more in-depth look at the drug, including its uses, effects, dosing information, and potential side effects.
This eMedTV page explains that Monopril-HCT is a drug used to treat high blood pressure in adults. This article offers an in-depth look at this drug, including information on its effects, storage, dosing guidelines, and possible side effects.
Nifedipine is a calcium channel blocker that is used to treat angina and high blood pressure. This eMedTV resource offers a detailed overview of the drug, including information on its uses, dosing guidelines, possible side effects, and more.
Norvasc is a calcium channel blocker that helps to lower blood pressure and treat certain types of angina. This eMedTV site further describes this prescription drug, with information on its uses, effects, potential side effects, and more.
Oretic is a type of diuretic used for the treatment of fluid retention and high blood pressure. This eMedTV Web page offers detailed information on the drug, including its uses, potential side effects, and dosing guidelines.
Perindopril is a medication that is licensed for treating high blood pressure. This section of the eMedTV Web site explains how the drug works and its available strengths. Information on how the drug should be taken and side effects is also included.
Prinzide is a prescription drug used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). This section of the eMedTV library takes a detailed look at how the medicine works, along with information about its possible side effects and tips on how to take it.
Propranolol XL is a beta blocker medication often prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure. This eMedTV Web page describes how the medication works, explains when and how to take it, and lists some of its potential side effects.
Quinaretic is a prescription medication that is licensed to control high blood pressure in adults. This eMedTV Web page offers a more in-depth look at this drug and its uses, effects, and potential side effects.
Sular is a prescription medicine that is used for the treatment of high blood pressure. This page on the eMedTV site offers dosing information on Sular, describes the effects of the medication, and explains what you should know before taking the drug.
Tarka is a drug used to treat high blood pressure in adults -- but it is not a cure for high blood pressure. This eMedTV segment covers how Tarka works, how and when to take it, potential side effects, and available strengths.
Tekamlo is a drug commonly prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure. This selection from the eMedTV site presents a detailed overview of this medication, with information on possible side effects, how it works, safety precautions, and more.
Tekturna is a prescription drug licensed to treat high blood pressure. This eMedTV Web article provides a complete overview of Tekturna, including information on how this medication works, dosing guidelines, possible side effects, and more.
Teveten is a prescription drug licensed to treat high blood pressure. This selection from the eMedTV Web library provides an overview of this medicine, including information on how it works, dosing guidelines, possible side effects, and more.
Thalitone is a medication often used to treat water retention and high blood pressure. This segment of the eMedTV archives takes a detailed look at the drug, including dosing information, how it works, and additional side effects.
Toprol is used to treat several conditions related to the heart and blood vessels (such as angina). This eMedTV article covers how this prescription drug works, when and how to take it, and what to tell your doctor before beginning treatment.
Torsemide is a prescription drug that is licensed to treat fluid retention and control high blood pressure. This eMedTV page takes a look at how the medication works to reduce blood volume, and also covers potential side effects and dosing tips.
Tribenzor is a prescription medicine used to treat high blood pressure. This eMedTV Web resource provides a complete overview of this medication, with information on how it works, possible side effects, dosing guidelines, and safety precautions.
Twynsta is a prescription medicine used to treat high blood pressure. This eMedTV Web selection provides a complete overview of this medication, with information on how it works, possible side effects, dosing guidelines, and safety precautions.
Uniretic is a prescription medicine licensed to treat high blood pressure. This selection from the eMedTV Web library provides an overview of the drug, including information on how it works, dosing guidelines, possible side effects, and more.
Available by prescription only, Univasc is a medication used to control blood pressure. This part of the eMedTV site gives an overview of this ACE inhibitor, with details on how it works, what to expect during treatment, dosing guidelines, and more.
Available only by prescription, Valturna is a medication used to lower blood pressure. This eMedTV selection gives an in-depth overview of this drug, including how it works, possible side effects, dosing guidelines, and more.
Verelan is prescribed to lower high blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels and improving blood flow. This eMedTV article offers an overview of this medicine, providing information on how it works, potential side effects, and dosing guidelines.
Visken is a beta blocker medicine often prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure. This eMedTV Web page explains how the medication works and offers a more in-depth look at the drug's effects, dosing guidelines, and potential side effects.
Zebeta has been approved to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). This page on the eMedTV Web site describes how this medication works, offers general dosing information, and explains what side effects may occur during the treatment process.
Zestoretic is a prescription drug used to treat high blood pressure in adults. This eMedTV article offers a more in-depth look at this medication, including information about its effects, its side effects, and its available strengths.
Featured Anatomy
Blood pressure indicates pressure inside your vessels while the heart pumps blood and while it rests. This eMedTV article covers key aspects of blood pressure, like how it is measured, what is considered normal, and what can affect it.
Diastolic blood pressure, represented by the bottom number in a blood pressure reading, is when your heart is resting. This page of the eMedTV library explains diastolic blood pressure and offers tips for keeping it low.
This section of the eMedTV library explores the link between high blood pressure and kidney problems. Renal failure is a common result of hypertension, and the kidneys of some people are particularly susceptible.
As this eMedTV article explains, systolic blood pressure is the top number in a blood pressure reading. It represents the amount of pressure blood puts on vessels when the heart is beating. This page takes a look at this number and how it is measured.
Featured Other
The DASH eating plan (also known as the DASH diet) has been shown in several research studies to lower blood pressure. This section of the eMedTV library describes the DASH diet in detail and provides a sample eating plan.
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