High blood pressure (hypertension)

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What is high blood pressure (hypertension)?

Hypertension is the diagnosis of consistently high blood pressure defined by a systolic (upper number) reading above 130 or a diastolic (lower number) above 80.

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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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
227
Treatment name(s)

(Norvasc)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
179
Treatment name(s)

(Cozaar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
105
Treatment name(s)

(Hydrochlorot)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
100
Treatment name(s)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
99
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
pain (70) anxious mood (9)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
pain (81)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
67
Tried for
anxious mood (67)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Tried for
depressed mood (55) pain (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
59
Tried for
pain (59)

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) (100 evaluations)
Side effects
cough persistent cough 22 more
Total evaluations
113
Treatment name(s)

(Norvasc)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (127 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness lightheadedness 36 more
Total evaluations
134
Treatment name(s)

(Cozaar)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (60 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness cough 10 more
Total evaluations
61
Treatment name(s)

(Hydrochlorot)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (72 evaluations)
Side effects
frequent urination dry mouth 16 more
Total evaluations
84
Treatment name(s)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (56 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea disturbing dreams 19 more
Total evaluations
62
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (66 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness nausea 29 more
Total evaluations
84
Tried for
pain (70) anxious mood (9)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (56 evaluations)
Side effects
itching sleepiness 14 more
Total evaluations
57
Tried for
pain (81)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (43 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness tiredness 15 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
anxious mood (67)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (60 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog weight gain 17 more
Total evaluations
69
Tried for
depressed mood (55) pain (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (23 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 5 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (59)
  • 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 247
30s 1,098
40s 2,868
50s 5,133
60s 4,486
70+ 1,628
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 261
20-29 years 647
30-39 years 970
40-49 years 841
50-59 years 353
60-69 years 77
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4,585
Female 10,995

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6,132
Not Diagnosed 155

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