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Feb Heart Month

Make Blood Pressure Control Your Goal


This American Heart Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Million Hearts--a national effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017--are encouraging Americans to know their blood pressure, and if it's high, to make control their goal.

 Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. In fact, more than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure.1 People with high blood pressure are 4 times more likely to die from a stroke and 3 times more likely to die from heart disease, compared to those with normal blood pressure. 

High blood pressure often shows no signs or symptoms, which is why having your blood pressure checked regularly is important.  It's easy to get your blood pressure checked.  You can get screened at your doctor's office, the CPS Wellness Centers, or even check it yourself at home, using a home blood pressure monitor.    

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References
  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vital signs: awareness and treatment of uncontrolled hypertension among adults-United States, 2003-2010.MMWR. 2012;61(35):703-9.

  2. Stamler J, Stamler R, Neaton JD. Blood pressure, systolic and diastolic, and cardiovascular risks. US population data. Arch Intern Med. 1993;153:598-615. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vital signs: awareness and treatment of uncontrolled hypertension among adults-United States, 2003-2010.MMWR. 2012;61(35):703-9.

Revised:  February 8, 2016