High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

High blood pressure can impact a woman’s heart health before, during, and after pregnancy. In the United States, high blood pressure happens in 1 in every 12 to 17 pregnancies. High blood pressure during pregnancy can harm a mother’s kidneys and other organs and can cause early birth (called preterm birth) and low birth weight.

High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

Experts discuss high blood pressure during pregnancy, what women need to know about controlling blood pressure, and more.

Monitor Your Blood Pressure to Improve Your Heart Health

Have your blood pressure checked at each healthcare provider visit and ask what your numbers mean for your heart.

Monitor Your Blood Pressure to Improve Your Heart Health

This video shows tips for measuring your blood pressure at home.

Delicious Heart-Healthy Recipes

Try these DASH-friendly recipes.

Apple Coffee Cake

Plan a heart-healthy dessert with this scrumptious DASH-friendly Apple Coffee Cake.

Turkey and Beef Meatballs with Whole Wheat Spaghetti

You don’t have to choose between flavor or nutrition with this heart-healthy take on spaghetti and meatballs.

Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken

Sink your teeth into this juicy and delicious DASH-friendly Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken.

3 Delicious Heart Healthy Recipes

A nutrition scientist and food blogger discuss the importance of eating for your heart while making three DASH-friendly recipes.

Heart-Healthy Pita Pizza

Try this heart-healthy Pita Pizza for lunch, dinner or a better-for-you family snack.

Progress and Promise in Hypertension Research

As part of its broader commitment to research on cardiovascular diseases, the NHLBI leads and supports research and programs on high blood pressure. The NHLBI has funded several studies and programs to help develop new treatments for high blood pressure, many of which focus on women’s health, lifestyle interventions, and health disparities.

The Importance of Research for High Blood Pressure

David Goff, MD, PhD, and George A. Mensah, MD, FACC, discuss the importance of hypertension prevention and treatment research.

Small Steps for the Heart #FromTheHeart

Check these small steps you can take to stay heart healthy including knowing your blood pressure numbers, tips on how to get physically active, cook for your heart, de-stress with deep breaths, and quit smoking.

Know Your Numbers

Knowing your blood pressure numbers can help you understand your risk for heart disease and stay on top of your blood pressure.

Be Physically Active

Getting enough physical activity is one of the best ways to keep your heart healthy. Learn to move more during your day.

Cook for Your Heart

Eating healthy is important for heart health, and it can be delicious, too! Learn how to make a heart-healthy pasta recipe.

De-stress with Deep Breaths

Lowering your stress level can help lower your risk for heart disease. Learn a deep breathing exercise that may help you relax.

Set Your Quit Day

Going tobacco-free is a big move. Watch this video to learn small steps you can take to help you quit.