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, 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
244
Treatment name(s)

(Norvasc)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
191
Treatment name(s)

(Hydrochlorot)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
113
Treatment name(s)

(Cozaar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
111
Treatment name(s)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
110
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
90
Tried for
pain (90)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
85
Tried for
pain (75) anxious mood (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
76
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
Tried for
depressed mood (64) pain (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64

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) (111 evaluations)
Side effects
cough dry cough 25 more
Total evaluations
124
Treatment name(s)

(Norvasc)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (132 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dizziness and feeling faint 36 more
Total evaluations
139
Treatment name(s)

(Hydrochlorot)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (78 evaluations)
Side effects
frequent urination dry mouth 16 more
Total evaluations
90
Treatment name(s)

(Cozaar)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (62 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness cough 12 more
Total evaluations
63
Treatment name(s)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (57 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea disturbing dreams 17 more
Total evaluations
63
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (63 evaluations)
Side effects
itching sleepiness 19 more
Total evaluations
68
Tried for
pain (90)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (64 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dizziness 30 more
Total evaluations
79
Tried for
pain (75) anxious mood (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (47 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 15 more
Total evaluations
49
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (62 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog difficulty with orgasm 15 more
Total evaluations
89
Tried for
depressed mood (64) pain (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (28 evaluations)
Side effects
asthma daytime sleepiness 7 more
Total evaluations
39
  • 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 19
20s 247
30s 1,124
40s 2,881
50s 5,073
60s 4,332
70+ 1,462
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 262
20-29 years 647
30-39 years 970
40-49 years 843
50-59 years 352
60-69 years 77
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4,457
Female 10,780

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6,025
Not Diagnosed 154

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