Your high blood pressure treatment will depend on how high your risk is for other serious health problems. Your doctor is likely to put you in one of the following three risk categories that were developed by experts at the National High Blood Pressure Education Program.
Risk Group A. You fall into this level of risk if you
- do not have any other risk factors for heart disease
- do not have coronary heart disease or peripheral vascular disease
- do not have organ damage due to high blood pressure
Risk Group B. Most people with high blood pressure fall into this risk group. You fall into this category if you
- have at least one other risk factor for heart disease, such as smoking or high cholesterol
- do not have heart disease or diabetes
- do not have organ damage as a result of high blood pressure
Risk Group C. You fall into this level of risk if you
- have heart disease or damage to your eyes, kidneys, or blood vessels caused by high blood pressure with or without diabetes
Your doctor will select treatment for you based on which group you belong in.