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What is Hypertension?

Hypertension is the term used to describe high blood pressure.  About 1 of 3 adults in the United States has high blood pressure, which increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death in the United States. High blood pressure is called the "silent killer" because it often has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people don't realize they have it.

That's why it's important to get your blood pressure checked regularly. Learn More.

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How to Prevent High Blood Pressure

Increases in blood pressure increases your risk for heart disease. People at any age can take steps each day to keep blood pressure levels normal. Learn more.

Research Articles:

Vital Signs: Prevalence, Treatment, and Control of Hypertension – United States

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News and Updates:

Most Americans Should Consume Less Sodium (1,500 mg/day or less)

Most of the sodium we consume is in the form of salt, and the vast majority of sodium we consume is in processed and restaurant foods. Too much sodium is bad for your health. It can increase your blood pressure and your risk for a heart attack and stroke. Heart disease and stroke are the first and third killers of men and women in the United States each year. Read More.


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