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Know Your High Blood Pressure Risk

Did you know avocados can lower high blood pressure? Take this quiz to test your smarts on hypertension.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

How many American adults have high blood pressure?

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The correct answer is: About one-third of American adults have high blood pressure.

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How much does high blood pressure cost each year in the U.S.?

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The correct answer is: In 2010, hypertension cost $76.6 billion in health care services, medications and missed days of work.

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Over their lifetime, who has a higher risk for developing high blood pressure?

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The correct answer is: For people under 45 years old, the condition affects more men than women. For people 65 years and older, it affects more women than men.

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Which ethnic group is at the greatest risk of developing high blood pressure?

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The correct answer is: African Americans develop hypertension at an earlier age than other ethnic groups. More than 42 percent of African American men and 44 percent of African American women have high blood pressure.

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In addition to family history and ethnicity, what other factors influence your risk of high blood pressure?

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The correct answer is: Your activity level is also a risk factor. Active people have lower heart rates, which leads to lower blood pressure. High salt intake and low levels of potassium and vitamin D in the diet can raise your risk, too. Alcohol consumption, stress levels and other chronic conditions also ups your risk.

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How does salt influence blood pressure?

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The correct answer is: Eating too much sodium can cause your body to retain fluid, which increases blood pressure. But salt consumption doesn't affect all people equally. Some people can tolerate more salt without raising their blood pressure, where others see their blood pressure go up with too much salt.

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How much salt a day is recommended for people with high blood pressure?

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The correct answer is: The USDA recommends that you get about 1,500 mg or less of sodium each day if you're at risk for hypertension or over the age of 50. This amounts to less than one teaspoon of salt.

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Which diseases increase your risk of hypertension?

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The correct answer is: High cholesterol is also a risk factor for high blood pressure.

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True or false: High blood pressure can cause vision loss.

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The correct answer is: Hypertension can cause thickened, narrowed or torn blood vessels in your eyes.

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Which of the following can also be caused by high blood pressure?

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The correct answer is: In addition to vision loss and trouble with memory, uncontrolled high blood pressure can cause heart attacks or strokes, aneurysms, heart failure, weakened and narrowed blood vessels in the kidneys and metabolic syndrome.

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What is a normal blood pressure?

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The correct answer is: Normal blood pressure is 120/80. The upper number measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats and the second number measures the pressure between beats.

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What is systolic?

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The correct answer is: Systolic is usually the first number quoted. The term has been in use for nearly 500 years to describe the contraction of the heart muscle.

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What is a sphygmomanometer?

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The correct answer is: The modern version of the sphygmomanometer, a device used to measure blood pressure, was invented in 1905, but cruder devices were used in the 1800s.

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What is white coat hypertension?

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The correct answer is: White coat blood pressure is high blood pressure that occurs during doctor appointments. This is one reason that physicians often test blood pressure at the beginning of an appointment and again near the end.

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True or false: Regular exercise can lower blood pressure by 4 to 9 mm Hg.

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The correct answer is: This is true. If you are inactive, beginning a regular exercise program and staying with it can lower your blood pressure in just a few weeks.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Potassium can lower your blood pressure. Which foods are rich in potassium?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Avocados and bananas are, ounce for ounce, the richest sources of potassium. Apricots also pack a high potassium punch, providing over 1,500 mg of potassium per cup.

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True or false: In small amounts, alcohol can lower your blood pressure.

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The correct answer is: It's true, but be careful: Too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure. If you're a woman, don't drink more than one drink a day; if you're a man, limit alcohol intake to two drinks.

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True or false: Meditation can lower your blood pressure.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Researchers have found that people with high blood pressure who take part in meditation may be able to reduce their blood pressure medication dosages if they meditate regularly.

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True or false: Caffeine can cause high blood pressure.

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The correct answer is: This is true, but the effect is generally temporary and doctors aren't sure there's any harmful effect from consuming caffeine for most people with hypertension. Still, doctors say you shouldn't drink more than 200 milligrams a day, the amount of caffeine in about two cups of coffee.

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True or false: It's okay to make medical decisions based on free blood pressure machines in stores.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Always make medical decisions with your doctor. Free blood pressure machines may not be accurate because they may not be well maintained.

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