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Control Your Hypertension

Hypertension (high blood pressure) -- is a top cause of heart disease. Learn how to keep hypertension in check with this quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

In which way does hypertension affect your heart?

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The correct answer is: If you have hypertension, the pressure of blood against your artery walls is too high. Over time, this increased force can gouge holes in the artery walls.

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True or false: Most cases of hypertension are caused by eating too much salt.

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The correct answer is: This is false. While it may be commonly thought that the best way to treat hypertension is to cut back on sodium, the real cause for hypertension is known in only about 5 to 10 percent of cases.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of these factors affects your blood pressure?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. The amount of blood your heart pumps, how wide or narrow your arteries are and the volume of blood in your bloodstream all affect your blood pressure. If your arteries are too narrow, if you have greater-than-normal blood volume or if your heart beats more forcefully than it should, high blood pressure can occur.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

By age 55, if you've never had high blood pressure, what percent chance do you have of developing it?

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The correct answer is: Research suggests that by age 55, those who don't already have high blood pressure face a 90 percent chance of developing the condition in their lifetime.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Having high blood pressure increases your risk for which of these conditions?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Hypertension greatly increases your likelihood of stroke, aneurysm (a bulge in the wall of a blood vessel or the heart), heart failure, heart attack, kidney damage and other problems.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of these may increase your risk for hypertension?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Reducing your blood pressure by losing excess weight can make your RealAge up to 25 years younger.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of these readings is considered hypertensive?

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The correct answer is: A blood pressure reading of 140/90 mm Hg or higher is considered hypertensive. 120/80 mm Hg is considered normal, and anything above that is in the pre-hypertensive to hypertensive range. Keeping your blood pressure at the RealAge Optimum level of 115/76 mm Hg can make your RealAge as much as 12 years younger.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's possible to have a significant difference in blood pressure numbers between the right and left arm.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Although the reason for this is unclear, healthcare guidelines recommend that blood pressure be measured in both arms during an initial consultation. If there is a significant difference between the two readings, the arm with the higher reading should be used for future monitoring. When reading your own blood pressure at home, be sure to use the same arm as your doctor's office.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: Not getting enough sleep increases your risk for high blood pressure.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Every additional hour of sleep you lose increases your risk of high blood pressure by 37 percent. Getting 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night can make your RealAge as much as 3 years younger.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Controlling your blood pressure can reduce your risk of developing dementia.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Controlling your blood pressure (as well as your LDL or "bad" cholesterol and high blood sugar) may help you prevent dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

If your doctor says you are pre-hypertensive or hypertensive, which of these is an effective lifestyle approach to bringing your numbers down naturally?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. If your doctor diagnoses you with pre-hypertension or hypertension, you can try to bring your blood pressure down naturally by eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods; being more physically active; limiting the amount of alcohol you drink to no more than 1 drink per day if you are a woman or 2 drinks per day if you are a man; and maintaining a healthy weight. If these approaches are not successful, talk to your doctor about other possible treatments.

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True or false: If you have hypertension, you'll only see benefits from exercise if you walk at least 1 hour each day.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A mere 30 minutes of walking three times a week has been shown to drop blood pressure 5 points in 12 weeks. But more is always better.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: If you are taking blood pressure medication, you can stop as soon as you maintain a normal blood pressure reading for 3 weeks.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Do not stop taking your blood pressure medication, even If you begin having normal blood pressure readings. Only your doctor can tell you when it's time to stop taking medicine.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of these activities can help lower your blood pressure?

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The correct answer is: You could lower your blood pressure significantly with just 30 seconds of deep breathing. Research shows that breathing deeply helps lower systolic blood pressure by as much as 10 mm Hg.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these diets has been shown to help lower and control high blood pressure?

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The correct answer is: The DASH, or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, diet is chock full of the fruits, vegetables, whole grains, vitamins and minerals that are proven to lower high blood pressure. The DASH diet also recommends 30 minutes of exercise each day, another proven way to help lower high blood pressure.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: People with hypertension should avoid all dairy foods.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Research shows that a diet rich in low-fat dairy seems to help curb the risk of high blood pressure by as much as 31 percent.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Chocolate can lower your blood pressure.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Just 30 calories per day of chocolate may be enough to help reduce your blood pressure. But note: you'll need to eat nonsweetened or minimally sweetened dark chocolate that's at least 70 percent cocoa to see any effect. Getting 31 milligrams of flavonoids a day — like those found in chocolate — can make your RealAge 3.2 years younger.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which drink is more likely to increase a woman's risk of hypertension?

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The correct answer is: In a study of women, a soda-a-day habit was associated with about 15 percent higher risk of hypertension, while coffee drinking appeared to have little impact. In fact, the more soda the women drank daily, the higher their hypertension risk appeared to be, even if they drank diet soda.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Eating which of these breakfast foods may help lower your blood pressure?

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The correct answer is: In one study, a diet supplemented with oats was effective at slashing blood pressure readings and helped control cholesterol and blood sugar. To get the amount of oats the study participants got, you need only about three-fourths of a cup of whole-grain oatmeal at breakfast and an oat-based snack later in the day.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eating bananas every day could lower your blood pressure.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Research suggests that people who eat 1 1/2 to 2 bananas each day could drop their blood pressure 2 to 3 points. It's the potassium in the banana that's helping — and bananas aren't the only food source of potassium. You can eat prunes, watermelons, tomatoes and even baked potatoes (with the skin on).

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Treat your heart right by eating healthy, staying active and managing your stress. Although some heart conditions are heredity, you can reduce your risk by keeping your cholesterol and blood pressure at healthy levels, avoiding to...bacco products and losing some pounds if you are obese or overweight. A diet high in fiber, veggies and fruits is essential for a healthy heart. Vitamins and supplements, such as fish oil, may help reduce your cholesterol, which if too high can cause blockage in your arteries and lead to a heart attack. If you arteries are blocked, you may need a stent or cardiac angioplasty device to open your blood vessels, which can help prevent a heart attack. Because heart disease is the number one killer of adults in the U.S., taking care of your heart is essential for a long life. If you have a family history of heart disease, it is especially important for you to manage your hearts health. More