What is high blood pressure?
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a condition in which the force of blood flowing through a person’s blood vessels is consistently too high. Over time, this puts stress on the arteries, the heart, and the kidneys which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.1
Normal blood pressure is <130/85 mmHg. A blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg is considered high blood pressure.2 Depending upon your age and health status, your physician will help you identify the target blood pressure that is best for you.
Managing high blood pressure
Diet, exercise and medications are the first-line treatments for hypertension. Less than half of patients treated for hypertension achieve a target BP of less than 140/90 mmHg.2
A growing area of research
For patients unable to effectively control their blood pressure with lifestyle changes and medication therapy, a new class of interventional products are under clinical investigation for the treatment of hypertension using a procedure called renal denervation.3
2 Williams et al, 2018 ESC/ESH Guidelines for the management of arterial hypertension, European Heart Journal (2018), 1–98 doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehy339
3 Schmieder et al, European Society of Hypertension Position Paper on Renal Denervation 2018, Journal of Hypertension 2018 Oct;36(10):2042-2048