High blood pressure (hypertension) guide
About 72 million people in the United States age 20 and older have high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association. That's one in every four adults. High blood pressure is referred to as the "silent killer" because it often has no warning signs.
Many people are surprised to find that they have high blood pressure. But it is a serious condition -- one of the leading causes of stroke and heart disease. If you've been diagnosed with high blood pressure, take it seriously.
By following the steps below and working with your doctor, you CAN lower your high blood pressure and decrease your risk for heart disease.I. Let's Get StartedStep 1: What is blood pressure?Step 2: Take high blood pressure seriouslyStep 3: What causes high blood pressure?Step 4: Who gets high blood pressure?II. Testing and ScreeningStep 5: High blood pressure is "silent"Step 6: Diagnosing high blood pressureStep 7: Follow-up office visitsIII. Managing High Blood PressureStep 8: Treatment overviewStep 9: Maintain healthy habitsStep 10: Drug therapyStep 11: Monitor your blood pressure at homeStep 12: You and your doctor are a team
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Last reviewed 6/8/2011 by Steven Kang, MD, Division of Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology, East Bay Arrhythmia, Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group, Oakland, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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