A recent study found an increase in self-reported high blood pressure among U.S. adults, and an increase in the use of medications to control high blood pressure. This podcast discusses the importance of controlling high blood pressure. Created: 4/4/2013 by MMWR.
Date Released: 4/4/2013. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Self-Reported Hypertension and Use of Antihypertensive Medications
Among Adults – United States, 2005-2009
Recorded: April 2, 2013; posted: April 4, 2013
[Announcer] This program is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects one third of US adults and is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. A recent study found an increase in self-reported high blood pressure among US adults, and an increase in the use of medications to control high blood pressure.
You can prevent or control high blood pressure by maintaining a healthy weight, engaging in regular physical activity, not smoking, and eating a healthy diet that includes foods low in sodium; however, some people need medication to manage the condition.
Have your blood pressure checked regularly and, if it’s high, talk with your health care provider about ways to control it.
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