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
238
Treatment name(s)

(Norvasc)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
176
Treatment name(s)

(Hydrochlorot)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
114
Treatment name(s)

(Cozaar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
108
Treatment name(s)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
104
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
86
Tried for
pain (76) anxious mood (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
86
Tried for
pain (86)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Tried for
depressed mood (61) pain (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
65
Tried for
pain (65)

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) (105 evaluations)
Side effects
cough dry cough 25 more
Total evaluations
118
Treatment name(s)

(Norvasc)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (124 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dizziness and feeling faint 35 more
Total evaluations
131
Treatment name(s)

(Hydrochlorot)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (78 evaluations)
Side effects
frequent urination dry cough 15 more
Total evaluations
90
Treatment name(s)

(Cozaar)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (59 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness cough 9 more
Total evaluations
60
Treatment name(s)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (54 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness diarrhea 12 more
Total evaluations
61
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (60 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 29 more
Total evaluations
75
Tried for
pain (76) anxious mood (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (61 evaluations)
Side effects
itching sleepiness 20 more
Total evaluations
66
Tried for
pain (86)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (47 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 19 more
Total evaluations
49
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (57 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog difficulty with orgasm 13 more
Total evaluations
83
Tried for
depressed mood (61) pain (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (30 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 5 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
pain (65)
  • 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 17
20s 249
30s 1,117
40s 2,868
50s 5,051
60s 4,169
70+ 1,384
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 844
50-59 years 353
60-69 years 77
70+ years 4

Sex

Distribution of sex

71% Female
29% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,595
Not Diagnosed 152

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