Hypertension Quiz

  1. Is the following statement true or false?

    “Blood pressure less than 120 over 80 is considered a normal blood pressure reading for adults.”


    “That is correct! Adults should have a blood pressure under 120 over 80, or 120/80. Your blood pressure is considered high when your top reading is 140 or above and/or your bottom reading is 90 or above. Readings between normal and high (120 to 139 over 80 to 89) are considered prehypertension. This category puts you at risk for getting high blood pressure.”
    “Incorrect. Adults should have a blood pressure under 120 over 80, or 120/80. Your blood pressure is considered high when your top reading is 140 or above and/or your bottom reading is 90 or above. Readings between normal and high (120 to 139 over 80 to 89) are considered prehypertension. This category puts you at risk for getting high blood pressure.”
  2. Is the following statement true or false?

    “High blood pressure causes symptoms in most people.”


    “That is correct! High blood pressure usually does not cause symptoms. Many people often do not know they have it.”
    “Incorrect. People with high blood pressure do not exhibit any symptoms. Most of them do not even know they have this disease, commonly known as the ‘silent killer’.”
  3. Is the following statement true or false?

    “High blood pressure is inherited so there is nothing you can do to reduce your chances of getting it.”


    “That is correct! Although high blood pressure does tend to run in families, there are things that you can do to reduce your chances of developing it. These include not smoking, maintaining a normal weight, eating a diet that is lower in salt, getting regular exercise and limiting alcohol intake.”
    “Incorrect. Although high blood pressure does tend to run in families, there are things that you can do to reduce your chances of developing it. These include not smoking, maintaining a normal weight, eating a diet that is lower in salt, getting regular exercise and limiting alcohol intake.”
  4. Is the following statement true or false?

    “Medications to treat high blood pressure can be discontinued once your blood pressure returns to normal.”


    “That is correct! Medications used to treat high blood pressure are not a cure. To keep your blood pressure in the normal range, you must continue to take your medication. You should never stop any prescription medication without the consent of your doctor.”
    “Incorrect. Medications used to treat high blood pressure are not a cure. To keep your blood pressure in the normal range, you must continue to take your medication. You should never stop any prescription medication without the consent of your doctor.”
  5. Is the following statement true or false?

    “A diagnosis of high blood pressure is generally made after several elevated blood pressure readings are recorded.”


    “That is correct! In most cases, blood pressure must be high on several occasions to confirm the diagnosis of high blood pressure. But when blood pressure is dangerously high, treatment is usually started right away.”
    “Incorrect. In most cases, blood pressure must be high on several occasions to confirm the diagnosis of high blood pressure. But when blood pressure is dangerously high, treatment is usually started right away.”
  6. Is the following statement true or false?

    “The older we get, the greater our chances for developing high blood pressure.”


    “That is correct! The risk of getting high blood pressure increases as we age. Men are more likely to get it during middle age, between 35 and 55. Women are more likely to develop it after menopause.”
    “Incorrect. The risk of getting high blood pressure increases as we age. Men are more likely to get it during middle age, between 35 and 55. Women are more likely to develop it after menopause.”
  7. Which of the following lifestyle changes are recommended for a person diagnosed with high blood pressure?


    “That is correct! Patients with hypertension should take all of the above steps to manage and control his/her condition better.”
    “Incorrect. Patients with hypertension should take all of the above steps to manage and control his/her condition better.”
  8. Is the following statement true or false?

    “Once I make changes to my lifestyle to manage my high blood pressure, I do not have to take any more medications.”


    “That is correct! Changes to your lifestyle may not be enough to control your high blood pressure. You may need one medicine or more to control high blood pressure for long periods of time. Take your medication as your doctor prescribes.”
    “Incorrect. Changes to your lifestyle may not be enough to control your high blood pressure. You may need one medicine or more to control high blood pressure for long periods of time. Take your medication as your doctor prescribes.”
  9. Is the following statement true or false?

    “Pregnant women may have a higher risk of developing gestational hypertension.”


    “That is correct! Sometimes, women who are pregnant can develop what is referred to as gestational hypertension in the third trimester of pregnancy. There is no specific treatment and the patient is closely monitored during the period. Usually, the condition is mild but a minority may develop more serious conditions.”
    “Incorrect. Sometimes, women who are pregnant can develop what is referred to as gestational hypertension in the third trimester of pregnancy. There is no specific treatment and the patient is closely monitored during the period. Usually, the condition is mild but a minority may develop more serious conditions.”
  10. Which of the following is the primary cause of hypertension?


    “That is correct! The primary reasons of hypertension are unknown although several secondary causes exist, such as renal disease, genetics and lack of exercise.”
    “Incorrect. The primary reasons of hypertension are unknown although several secondary causes exist, such as renal disease, genetics and lack of exercise.”