High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attack, stroke, heart failure and kidney failure. The longer it's left untreated, the more serious its complications can become. But there is also a clear pathway to help you manage high blood pressure and enjoy the many benefits of a healthy heart.
The American Heart Association provides a complete suite of information and tools to help you learn about HBP and then manage or prevent the disease.
Just follow these simple steps:
|Learn about high blood pressure.|
Understand what happens when blood pressure is high. Chances are strong that you or someone you care about will be battling this disease.
|Understand the toll high blood pressure takes on your body.|
|High blood pressure can create serious health problems.|
Understand the facts so you'll be motivated to care for your circulatory system and live a heart-healthier life.
|Find out if your blood pressure puts you at risk for serious medical problems.|
Enter your latest blood pressure reading to learn your risk of dying from a heart attack, dying from a stroke, developing heart failure and developing kidney disease. You'll also learn how a few lifestyle changes can lower your blood pressure and your health risks. You can print your risk report to review and discuss with your healthcare professional.
|Know your risks for high blood pressure and what you can do to live your healthiest life.|
Find out if your lifestyle choices, family history or health factors make you a likely candidate for high blood pressure. You'll also learn how a few lifestyle changes can lower your blood pressure and your health risks.
|Get your blood pressure tested: diagnose and monitor.|
A diagnosis can be done quickly, easily and painlessly in a variety of places including a doctor's or dentist's office, hospital, clinic, school, nurse's office, company clinic or at a health fair. And ask your healthcare provider to work with you on a home monitoring plan.
|Prevent and treat: start living a heart-healthier life now!|
Even though high blood pressure is serious, your choices will make a big difference in your quality of life. Take charge today.
This content was last reviewed on 04/04/2012.