High Blood Pressure Education Month: Know the Enemy

May 18, 2010 by  

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month in the US. For this observance, we will be bringing you a series of articles on blood pressure and hypertension.

Here are some statistics on hypertension.

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • 74.5 million – number of people in the US have high blood pressure or hypertension.
  • 45 million – number of Americnas who consulted a doctor for hypertension in 2006
  • 326,000 – number of Americans who died with high blood pressure as primary or contributing cause of death in 2006
  • $76.6 billion – estimated direct and indirect health care costs for hypertension management in 2010.

Other Quick Facts from the CDC:

So why is high blood pressure a major health concern?

Because hypertension is a major major risk factor for stroke, heart disease, congestive heart failure, and kidney disease.

How can we increase our awareness about high blood pressure?

In observance of this month, the American Heart Assocaition gives us several resources on high blood pressure.

Look at this 5-step blood pressure awareness program:

  1. Leanr about High Blood Pressure (HBP).
  2. Disocver why HBP matters
  3. Undertsnad your rislk fro developin HBP
  4. Diagnose and monitor HBP
  5. Prevent and treat HBP

Animated feature on HBP

Test your knowledge of HBP facts and myths by taking the HBP Quiz “Can You Escape the Silent Killer.”

Blood Pressure Risk Calculator

How can we prevent HBP?

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NOTE: The contents in this blog are for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or a substitute for professional care. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional before making changes to any existing treatment or program. Some of the information presented in this blog may already be out of date.