Blood pressure is the measurement of the force of blood pushing against the arterial walls as the heart beats to send blood through the body.
Blood pressure naturally rises and falls throughout the day according to activity and stress levels. However, when blood pressure rises and stays high for extended periods of time, the body may be damaged in various subtle ways, leading to increased risk for heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other serious illnesses.
Blood pressure levels of up to 120/80 are considered normal; between 120/80 and 139/89 is borderline or pre-hypertensive; levels higher than this are significantly, even dangerously, high.
Approximately a third of the population has high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, yet it’s typically a “silent” disease, with no outward signs or symptoms. Hypertension is managed through a combination of lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, and stress management) and medication to bring blood pressure down to acceptable levels.
Artemis Institute for Clinical Research conducts clinical trials of investigative medications for the treatment of hypertension. Qualified people participating in a trial may be eligible to receive financial compensation for time and travel, study-related medical and psychological evaluations, and the investigative study medication at no cost.
If you have hypertension and would like to volunteer for a study, or if you know someone suffering from hypertension who may want to volunteer, please send us your request using the Join a Study form, or call us toll-free at 855-DoStudies (855.367.8834).