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
223
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Hydrochlorot)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
91
Treatment name(s)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
89
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
73
Tried for
pain (64) anxious mood (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
Tried for
pain (72)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Tried for
depressed mood (47) 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) (94 evaluations)
Side effects
cough dry cough 22 more
Total evaluations
106
Treatment name(s)

(Norvasc)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (128 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness fluid retention (edema) 39 more
Total evaluations
133
Treatment name(s)

(Cozaar)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (60 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness cough 11 more
Total evaluations
61
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)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (54 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea disturbing dreams 17 more
Total evaluations
58
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (53 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 16 more
Total evaluations
65
Tried for
pain (64) 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 (72)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (47 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness tiredness 16 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
anxious mood (67)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (30 evaluations)
Side effects
wheezing asthma 8 more
Total evaluations
41
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (47 evaluations)
Side effects
anger brain fog 16 more
Total evaluations
57
Tried for
depressed mood (47) 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 16
20s 251
30s 1085
40s 2884
50s 5210
60s 4783
70+ 1853

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4820
Female 11380

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6269
Not Diagnosed 158

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