High blood pressure (hypertension) affects millions. Does it affect you, too?

High blood pressure, known clinically as hypertension, is a condition which afflicts millions of adults annually. If you believe that it affects you too or have already been diagnosed, our doctors are here to help you.

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How to get care and medication for high blood pressure (hypertension) online

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  2. Make your video visit with a HealthTap doctor licensed in your state
  3. Discuss your high blood pressure symptoms and get the right treatment
*If lab tests are ordered, you can make an in-person visit to one of our partner labs to do the tests and pay the lab fees.

Learn more about hypertension symptoms, risk factors and lifestyle changes to reduce the chances of developing hypertension.

Geoffrey Rutledge

Geoffrey Rutledge, MD, PhD, FACMI

Cofounder and Chief Medical Officer, HealthTap

Frequently asked questions

How do you check blood pressure at home?

To check your blood pressure from home, it will require some equipment. At-home blood pressure monitors can be purchased fairly affordably, if needed. A good second option is to visit your local pharmacy - most contain a digital blood pressure measurement machine.

What are the symptoms of hypertension (high blood pressure)?

Usually, there are no symptoms at all. Patients who do have symptoms may have:

  • Blood in urine
  • Confusion or fatigue
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Nosebleeds
  • Pounding in your ears, neck, or chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Vision problems

Can an online doctor prescribe medication for high blood pressure?

Yes, and your HealthTap primary care doctor is a great place to start.

Our online doctors can assess your risk for high blood pressure online and help determine which stage of hypertension (if any) you're in. They can help you create a wellness plan to prevent or manage high blood pressure and, if necessary, they can write online prescriptions and electronically send them to your local pharmacy.

How is high blood pressure treated?

In many cases, you can prevent or help treat high blood pressure with simple lifestyle changes:

  • Exercise often
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Lower your sodium intake
  • Quit smoking
  • Take steps to reduce your emotional stress

More advanced cases may require medication. There are many to choose from—your HealthTap doctor who knows your medical history can help choose the right ones for you.

What are common risk factor that can affect high blood pressure?

High blood pressure risk factors can include:

  • Age
  • Over consumption of alcohol
  • Race
  • Family history
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Tobacco use
  • High sodium intake
  • Emotional stress
  • Pregnancy

The good news is that several of these factors are within your control. And even for the ones that aren't, many things can be done to manage high blood pressure online.

What is blood pressure?

Your blood pressure level is determined by two things. The amount of blood your heart pumps through your body's blood vessels and the amount of resistance to that blood flowing in your vessels.

What qualifies as "normal" blood pressure?

Blood pressure ranges:

  • Normal blood pressure range: below 120/80
  • Prehypertension: 120-139 / 80-89
  • High blood pressure stage 1: 140-159 / 90-99
  • High blood pressure stage 2: 160-180 / 100-110
  • Hypertensive crisis: above 180/110

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Effective high blood pressure medications prescribed online

High blood pressure prescription medications are not available without first consulting a doctor.

High blood pressure medications may include:

  • Aldactone
  • Atacand
  • Avapro
  • Benazepril
  • Benicar
  • Candesartan
  • Captopril
  • Cleviprex
  • Cozaar
  • Diovan
  • Dyazide
  • Edarbi
  • Enalapril
  • Fosinopril
  • Guanfacine
  • Irbesartan
  • Lisinopril
  • Losartan
  • Lotensin
  • Mavik
  • Ramipril
  • Valsartan
  • Vasotec
  • Zestril

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Geoffrey Rutledge, MD, PhD, FACMI

Cofounder and Chief Medical Officer, HealthTap

Dr. Rutledge is a double-board certified physician who practiced and taught medicine for more than 25 years. He attended medical school at McGill University in Montreal, then completed residency training in Internal Medicine at UCSD, and was certified by the boards of Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He earned a PhD in medical computer science from Stanford, was an NIH-funded researcher, and served on clinical and teaching faculty at Harvard, Stanford, and UCSD medical schools. Before co-founding HealthTap, he created the first consumer health website and PHR at Healtheon/WebMD, was SVP of clinical transformation at First Consulting Group, CMIO at San Mateo Medical Center, and EVP, Product Development and Chief Medical Officer at Epocrates.