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

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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
155
Treatment name(s)

(Norvasc)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
133
Treatment name(s)

(Cozaar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
81
Treatment name(s)

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

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
59
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
pain (39) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
pain (41)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
pain (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
anxious mood (36)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36

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) (78 evaluations)
Side effects
cough dry cough 20 more
Total evaluations
90
Treatment name(s)

(Norvasc)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (82 evaluations)
Side effects
swelling in ankles swelling in feet 28 more
Total evaluations
88
Treatment name(s)

(Cozaar)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (58 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness with hypotension upon standing cough 16 more
Total evaluations
59
Treatment name(s)

(Hydrochlorot)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (37 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth frequent urination 11 more
Total evaluations
44
Treatment name(s)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (28 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea disturbing dreams 12 more
Total evaluations
30
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (40 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood difficulty staying asleep 15 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
pain (39) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (47 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness itching 7 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
pain (41)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (20 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness chronic constipation 2 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
pain (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 3 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
anxious mood (36)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (24 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness wheezing 4 more
Total evaluations
27
  • 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?

  • 18 new patients joined this month
  • 2498 say high blood pressure (hypertension) is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 15
20s 252
30s 1082
40s 2911
50s 6060
60s 6298
70+ 2729

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 6206
Female 13311

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6431
Not Diagnosed 161

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