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
228
Treatment name(s)

(Norvasc)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
175
Treatment name(s)

(Cozaar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
107
Treatment name(s)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
95
Treatment name(s)

(Hydrochlorot)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
93
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
pain (68) anxious mood (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
73
Tried for
pain (73)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
66
Tried for
anxious mood (66)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
59
Tried for
depressed mood (51) pain (11)
1 more

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 dry cough 23 more
Total evaluations
107
Treatment name(s)

(Norvasc)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (127 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness lightheadedness 37 more
Total evaluations
134
Treatment name(s)

(Cozaar)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (59 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness cough 11 more
Total evaluations
60
Treatment name(s)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (56 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea disturbing dreams 17 more
Total evaluations
60
Treatment name(s)

(Hydrochlorot)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (50 evaluations)
Side effects
frequent urination dry mouth 17 more
Total evaluations
61
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (67 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 28 more
Total evaluations
79
Tried for
pain (68) anxious mood (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (52 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 11 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
pain (73)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (46 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness tiredness 16 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
anxious mood (66)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (31 evaluations)
Side effects
wheezing asthma 8 more
Total evaluations
42
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (54 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog weight gain 18 more
Total evaluations
64
Tried for
depressed mood (51) pain (11)
1 more
  • 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 248
30s 1106
40s 2876
50s 5229
60s 4713
70+ 1820

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4792
Female 11334

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6254
Not Diagnosed 158

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