High blood pressure, medically known as “hypertension“, is diagnosed based on systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The severity of the disease depends on your level of High Blood Pressure Categoriesblood pressure, as defined by the American Heart Association.

There are many types of hypertension, defined based on various factors. Each of these types has different causes and treatment options.

Read more about types of high blood pressure, stages of high blood pressure and what to expect in each type.


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  1. Hollie Rose

    Thanks for the useful information on high blood pressure. As we get older this is something we have to keep checking especially if it’s in our family since its genetic. My family has a history of high blood pressure but funnily enough, at the moment I suffer from low blood pressure. whilst it doesn’t have as serious side effects as high blood pressure, it’s hard to function. Nevertheless, this is something we all have continuously check!

  2. Kenechi

    High blood pressure is a very debilitating condition and has stolen so many lives. It is good for an individual to go for medical check-ups in order to dictate any medical condition such as hypertension earlier than later.

    You really did a nice job in listing and explaining the various types of hypertension as it is good to know the approach to whatever underlying kind of hypertension an individual is suffering from.

    • MediChannel

      Hi Kenechi,

      Thanks for your kind words. We are pleased that you found the article useful.

      Best wishes.

  3. Carla

    Thanks for the information.  My sister in law has had severe high blood pressure.  Enough to cause my niece to be born very early and she has pretty damaged kidneys because of it.  The doctor says no more children or kidneys will not be able to function. She eats well and is not overweight all.  The doctors are actually quite amazed because the only thing that seems to affect it pretty majorly is stress!  She works out, is very healthy and has taken a lot of stress out of her life and has about halved her meds.  She is truly one of those genetic high blood pressure people!  She now has to deal with her kidneys and they have healed some as she has taken even better care of herself.  It seems to something that so many people have and hardly knows where it comes from!

  4. Fasuan

    Severe high blood pressure may lead to nosebleeds, headaches, or dizziness in some people. Because hypertension can sneak up on you, monitoring your blood pressure regularly is particularly important. Until you experience a stroke or heart attack, you can have high blood pressure and experience no obvious symptoms. Very informative topic and writeup.

    • Shani

      Dear Fasuan,

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I am pleased that you found the article useful.

      As you noted, there are symptoms associated with high blood pressure. An article on this topic will go online shortly.

      Regular blood pressure monitoring is particularly important if you have risk factors for hypertension, you are already diagnosed with hypertension or your doctor has advised you to monitor your blood pressure due to any other underlying diseases (e.g. kidney disease). Otherwise, in my opinion, you may not require regular monitoring if you are young, healthy and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

      You should not consider my guidance here as ‘medical advice’ though. 

      I hope this helps.

      Best wishes.


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