About High Blood Pressure and Angina

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About High Blood Pressure

About High Blood Pressure

About 1 in 3 people in the United States has high blood pressure. High blood pressure is also known as hypertension. It occurs when the force of your blood pushes too hard against your blood vessels or arteries. This often happens because your arteries narrow, which holds back the easy flow of blood. As a result, the heart has to pump harder to push blood through.

Over time, uncontrolled high blood pressure can damage your arteries and other organs. This can result in heart attack and heart failure, stroke, kidney disease, and other serious health consequences. High blood pressure is often called the “silent killer,” because it has no symptoms. The only way to know for sure if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure tested by a doctor.

Age, gender, race, and ethnicity are factors that can increase your risk for high blood pressure. There is no cure for high blood pressure, however, there are many different types of treatments including brand-name NORVASC. Eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, and being physically active can be just as important as taking medicines. Your doctor can tell you if a lifestyle change or brand-name NORVASC may be right for you.

About Angina

About Angina

Nearly 7 million people in the United States suffer from angina. Angina is a pain or discomfort felt when part of your heart does not get enough blood. It may feel like pressure or squeezing in your chest just under the breastbone. Sometimes you can feel it in your shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, or back. Angina may even feel like indigestion.

Angina is not a disease, but a symptom of an underlying heart problem, usually coronary artery disease (CAD). For patients with CAD, physical exertion, like walking up a hill or climbing stairs, is the most common trigger of angina. Other triggers include:

  • Going outside on a very hot or cold day
  • Eating a heavy meal
  • Emotional stress
  • Smoking

It is important to have all chest pain checked by your doctor. If you are experiencing any kind of chest pain, your doctor will want to determine whether it is angina. He or she will most likely perform a physical exam, ask about your symptoms, risk factors, family history of heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions, and may run a series of tests.

Angina occurs equally among men and women. There are several prescription medicines that can be used to treat angina. One of these is brand-name NORVASC. Ask your doctor if brand-name NORVASC may be right for you.