Get the facts about high blood pressure, learn about the risk factors you can and can’t change, and get lifestyle tips to help you take control of your diagnosis.

Symptoms & Diagnosis

Discover what it means to have high blood pressure, why it’s considered the “silent killer,” and how high blood pressure is diagnosed.

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Risk Factors

Did you know? Some of the risk factors for high blood pressure are out of your control, but there are some you can manage.

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Treatment & Lifestyle Management

Along with medication, there are lifestyle changes you can make to help lower your high blood pressure.

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How Much Do You Know About
High Blood Pressure?

Even though millions of Americans suffer from high blood pressure, many people don’t know much about the condition or what can be done to help lower it. How much do you know?
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Blood pressure is shown as two numbers. The top number (systolic pressure) in a blood pressure reading represents the pressure your blood exerts during heartbeats.

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More attention is generally given to systolic blood pressure (the top number), as it’s a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease in people over 50. The bottom number represents the diastolic pressure, or the pressure your blood exerts when your heart rests between beats .

Normal blood pressure is less than ________.

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Normal blood pressure is now considered to be less than 120 (systolic) over 80 (diastolic) by the American Heart Association. It is typically written as 120/80 mm Hg and read “120 over 80 millimeters of mercury.”

According to the 2017 Hypertension Guidelines,* how many American adults have high blood pressure?

*A report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force

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That’s 103 million people! As you get older, you are more likely to develop high blood pressure. However, there are several factors that you can actively manage to help reduce your blood pressure, including healthy eating and exercise.

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High blood pressure usually has no noticeable symptoms.

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Despite the lack of symptoms, untreated high blood pressure can lead to a greater risk for stroke or heart attack. Because of this, high blood pressure is commonly known as a “silent killer.”

Which of the following is a risk factor for high blood pressure? A risk factor is something that increases your chances of developing a disease.

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The number of people with high blood pressure increases with age. Before age 65, men are more likely to have high blood pressure. African Americans are more likely to have high blood pressure than Caucasians or Hispanics. Lastly, if someone in your immediate family has high blood pressure, you are more likely to develop it as well.

People who regularly eat foods that are high in ________ are more susceptible to developing high blood pressure.

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One of the main factors that can contribute to high blood pressure is having an unhealthy diet. People who regularly eat foods that are high in salt are more susceptible to developing high blood pressure.

Regular exercise can help lower blood pressure as well as help boost your mood and reduce stress. According to the American Heart Association, you should get some form of physical activity for 30 minutes or more at least _______ day(s) a week.

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Thirty minutes per day, 5 days a week, is an easy goal to remember. Your routine should include stretching, as well as at least 2 days of muscle-strengthening exercises.

Which of the following is a type of medication used to treat high blood pressure?

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Beta blockers are a type of medication used to treat high blood pressure.

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS AND SAFETY OF BYSTOLIC?

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INDICATIONS AND IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION


What is BYSTOLIC?

BYSTOLIC is a prescription medicine that belongs to a group of medicines called “beta blockers.” BYSTOLIC is used, often with other medicines, to treat adults with high blood pressure (hypertension). BYSTOLIC is not approved for use in children under 18 years of age.

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Important Risk Information about BYSTOLIC
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Important Risk Information
Important Risk Information about BYSTOLIC
Who should NOT take BYSTOLIC?

Do not take BYSTOLIC if you:

  • Have heart failure and are in the ICU or need medicines to keep up your blood circulation.
  • Have a slow heartbeat or your heart skips beats (irregular heartbeat)
  • Have severe liver damage
  • Are allergic to any ingredient in BYSTOLIC. The active ingredient is nebivolol.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking BYSTOLIC?

Before starting BYSTOLIC, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • Have asthma or other lung problems (such as bronchitis or emphysema)
  • Have problems with blood flow in your feet and legs (peripheral vascular disease). BYSTOLIC can make symptoms of blood flow problems worse.
  • Have diabetes and take medicine to control blood sugar
  • Have thyroid problems
  • Have liver or kidney problems
  • Have had allergic reactions to medications or have allergies
  • Have a condition called pheochromocytoma (rare adrenal gland tumor)
  • Are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. It is not known if BYSTOLIC is safe for your unborn baby. Talk with your doctor about the best way to treat your high blood pressure while you are pregnant.
  • Are breastfeeding. It is not known if BYSTOLIC passes into your breast milk. You should not breastfeed while using BYSTOLIC.
  • Are scheduled for surgery and will be given anesthetic agents
  • Have had acute angina (symptoms include chest pain or discomfort) or an MI (heart attack) as BYSTOLIC has not been studied in patients with these conditions.

Also, to avoid a potentially serious or life-threatening condition, tell your healthcare provider if you are taking or plan to take any prescription or over-the-counter medications, vitamins, or herbal products, including:

  • Certain CYP2D6 inhibitors (such as some antiarrhythmics like quinidine or propafenone or certain antidepressants such as fluoxetine or paroxetine, etc).
  • Other beta blockers
  • Digitalis
  • Certain calcium channel blockers (such as verapamil and diltiazem)
  • Antiarrhythmic agents (such as disopyramide)
What are the possible side effects of BYSTOLIC?

The most common side effects people taking BYSTOLIC report are headache, fatigue (tiredness), dizziness (if you feel dizzy, sit or lie down and tell your doctor right away), diarrhea, nausea, insomnia (difficulty falling or staying asleep), chest pain, bradycardia (slow heartbeat), dyspnea (shortness of breath), rash, and peripheral edema (leg swelling due to fluid retention). Other possible side effects include masking (hiding) the symptoms of low blood sugar and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), especially a fast heartbeat. Tell your doctor if you gain weight or have trouble breathing while taking BYSTOLIC.

This is not a complete list of side effects. Tell your doctor if you have any side effects that bother you or don’t go away.

What other information do I need to know about taking BYSTOLIC?
  • Do not stop taking BYSTOLIC suddenly. You could have chest pain or a heart attack. If your doctor decides that you should stop taking BYSTOLIC, he or she will lower your dose slowly and over time.
  • Take BYSTOLIC every day exactly as your doctor tells you. Your doctor will tell you how much BYSTOLIC to take and how often. Your doctor may start with a low dose and raise it over time.
  • Do not stop taking BYSTOLIC or change your dose without talking with your doctor.
  • BYSTOLIC can be taken with or without food.
  • If you miss a dose, take your dose as soon as you remember, unless it is close to the time to take your next dose. Do not take 2 doses at the same time. Take your next dose at the usual time.
  • If you take too much BYSTOLIC, call your doctor or poison control center right away.
What is BYSTOLIC?

BYSTOLIC is a prescription medicine that belongs to a group of medicines called “beta blockers.” BYSTOLIC is used, often with other medicines, to treat adults with high blood pressure (hypertension). BYSTOLIC is not approved for use in children under 18 years of age.

What is High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)?

Blood pressure is the force in your blood vessels when your heart beats and when your heart rests. You have high blood pressure when the force is too great.

High blood pressure makes the heart work harder to pump blood through the body and causes damage to the blood vessels. BYSTOLIC tablets can help your blood vessels relax so your blood pressure is lower. Medicines that lower your blood pressure lower your chance of having a stroke or heart attack.