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
223
Treatment name(s)

(Norvasc)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
173
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
Tried for
pain (79)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
76
Tried for
pain (66) anxious mood (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
depressed mood (55) pain (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55

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) (101 evaluations)
Side effects
cough dry cough 27 more
Total evaluations
114
Treatment name(s)

(Norvasc)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (122 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness lightheadedness 34 more
Total evaluations
129
Treatment name(s)

(Cozaar)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (59 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness cough 10 more
Total evaluations
60
Treatment name(s)

(Hydrochlorot)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (73 evaluations)
Side effects
frequent urination dry mouth 17 more
Total evaluations
85
Treatment name(s)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (57 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea disturbing dreams 20 more
Total evaluations
63
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (59 evaluations)
Side effects
itching sleepiness 15 more
Total evaluations
62
Tried for
pain (79)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (62 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness nausea 28 more
Total evaluations
77
Tried for
pain (66) anxious mood (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (43 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness tiredness 14 more
Total evaluations
45
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (61 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog weight gain 16 more
Total evaluations
69
Tried for
depressed mood (55) pain (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (27 evaluations)
Side effects
asthma daytime sleepiness 7 more
Total evaluations
38
  • 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 1,115
40s 2,863
50s 5,089
60s 4,383
70+ 1,522
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 842
50-59 years 352
60-69 years 77
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4,503
Female 10,835

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6,061
Not Diagnosed 154

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