High Blood Pressure and Other Medical Conditions

High blood pressure is a serious condition that increases your risk of having a stroke or heart attack. When a person has high blood pressure and other certain conditions, like high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity, their chances of developing a stroke or heart disease are even greater. These other conditions are called comorbidities. You should work with your doctor to find out how you can lower your risk of developing them, and how you can manage them if they do occur.

Diovan and Diovan HCT are approved to treat high blood pressure, and are not approved to prevent heart attack or stroke resulting from high blood pressure. Diovan and Diovan HCT are not approved to treat high cholesterol, diabetes, or obesity.

Cholesterol is a waxy substance in your bloodstream and cells. It helps produce cell membranes, hormones, and other bodily functions. Too much cholesterol, or high cholesterol, in your blood puts you at risk for coronary heart disease and stroke.

Exercise and avoiding foods with saturated and trans fats will help you maintain a healthy weight, which can help reduce the amount of cholesterol in your bloodstream.

Consult with your doctor about creating an exercise and healthy eating plan.


It's a scary fact, but one that can't be ignored—at least 65% of people with diabetes die of some form of heart disease or stroke.

While some factors that increase the risk for diabetes, such as race and family history, are unavoidable, there are other factors, like obesity, that you can do something about. Exercise and a healthy diet will reduce your chance of becoming overweight, which will in turn reduce your chance of developing diabetes and high blood pressure.

Consult with your doctor about creating an exercise and healthy eating plan.


If you are obese, you are at a higher risk for health problems, including high blood pressure. Obesity means you have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 kg/m2 or higher.

When you take in more calories than you expend each day, you will gain weight. If this pattern continues for a long enough period, you could eventually become obese.

Approximately 70 million US adults are considered obese. However, obesity is reversible and avoidable. Changing your lifestyle is the easiest and most effective way to lose weight. This involves:

  • Educating yourself about nutrition
  • Changing the foods you eat, cutting out saturated and trans fats, eating more vegetables, fruits, and grains
  • Making exercise a part of your regular routine
  • Changing your attitudes about eating
  • Joining a weight loss program
  • Developing a support system
  • Following any drug therapies ordered by your doctor

Consult with your doctor about creating an exercise and healthy eating plan.


High blood pressure puts you at risk of stroke more than any other single condition. Strokes occur when a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked or bursts. A stroke causes the brain to be cut off from blood supply, denying its cells nutrients and oxygen. The brain tissue begins to die after being cut off from oxygen for 3 to 4 or more minutes. A stroke is also called a "brain attack."

Managing your high blood pressure may help reduce your risk of a stroke, as will:

  • Lowering your cholesterol
  • Avoiding excess alcohol consumption
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Exercising regularly

Consult with your doctor about creating an exercise and healthy eating plan.

High blood pressure is a leading risk factor for heart attack. A heart attack happens when blood flow to a section of heart muscle becomes blocked. Without oxygen flowing to the muscle, it quickly starts to die.

Heart attack is the leading killer for both men and women in the United States. By treating your high blood pressure, you can help lower your risk for heart attack.


Always talk to your healthcare professional before starting any diet or exercise program.

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