Your Path to Healthy Blood Pressure

Updated:Aug 27,2012

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:

Number one Graphic TextLearn 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.
 
Number Two Graphic TextUnderstand 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.
 
Number Three Graphic TextKnow 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.
 
Number Four Graphic TextGet 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.
 
Number Five Graphic TextPrevent 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.