High blood pressure (hypertension)

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What is high blood pressure (hypertension)?

Blood pressure is considered high when the systolic (upper number) reading is consistently greater than 140 or when diastolic (lower number) is consistently 90 or greater.

Common symptoms reported by people with high blood pressure (hypertension)

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with high blood pressure (hypertension)

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zestril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
214
Treatment name(s)

(Norvasc)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
154
Treatment name(s)

(Hydrochlorot)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
112
Treatment name(s)

(Cozaar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
97
Treatment name(s)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
97
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
84
Tried for
Pain (84) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
83
Tried for
Pain (74) Anxious mood (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
71
Tried for
Anxious mood (69) Insomnia (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
Depressed mood (54) Pain (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
Tried for
Pain (60)

Data from patients with high blood pressure (hypertension), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with high blood pressure (hypertension)

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zestril)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (93 evaluations)
Side effects
Cough Persistent cough 24 more
Total evaluations
105
Treatment name(s)

(Norvasc)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (113 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Dizziness and feeling faint 35 more
Total evaluations
119
Treatment name(s)

(Hydrochlorot)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (74 evaluations)
Side effects
Frequent urination hypokalemia 14 more
Total evaluations
81
Treatment name(s)

(Cozaar)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (54 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Cough 8 more
Total evaluations
55
Treatment name(s)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (51 evaluations)
Side effects
Tiredness Tiredness increased 11 more
Total evaluations
58
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (56 evaluations)
Side effects
Itching Sleepiness 20 more
Total evaluations
61
Tried for
Pain (84) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (57 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Drowsiness 28 more
Total evaluations
72
Tried for
Pain (74) Anxious mood (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (64 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Daytime sleepiness 20 more
Total evaluations
70
Tried for
Anxious mood (69) Insomnia (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (54 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Blurry vision 32 more
Total evaluations
84
Tried for
Depressed mood (54) Pain (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (30 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Constipation 6 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
Pain (60)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with high blood pressure (hypertension), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has high blood pressure (hypertension) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 15
20s 237
30s 1,029
40s 2,673
50s 4,594
60s 3,642
70+ 1,159
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 262
20-29 years 648
30-39 years 973
40-49 years 846
50-59 years 354
60-69 years 77
70+ years 4

Sex

Distribution of sex

70% Female
30% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,468
Not Diagnosed 150

These charts show data from high blood pressure (hypertension) patients who have completed their condition history
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