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Get Your Blood Pressure Checked

Starting at age 18, you should check your blood pressure at least every 2 years. Lowering your blood pressure can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke – and can help you live a longer, healthier life.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Heart Health: Conversation Starters

Use these tips to start a conversation with a loved one about making heart healthy changes.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Keep Your Heart Healthy

Take steps to lower your risk of heart disease.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Reduce Your Risk of Stroke

Stroke is preventable. Make healthy changes to reduce your risk of stroke.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

High Blood Pressure - Frequently Asked Questions

This page offers answers to frequently asked questions about high blood pressure (HBP), a major health problem that can lead to stroke, heart disease, kidney failure, and other health problems if not treated. Learn ways you can prevent and control HBP.

Review Date: January 05, 2012

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Reduce Salt and Sodium in Your Diet

For someone with high blood pressure, the doctor may advise eating less salt and sodium, as research has shown that people consuming diets of 1,500 mg of sodium had blood pressure lowering benefits. This document offers helpful tips for shopping and planning meals.

Review Date: January 11, 2012

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI

Tips to Help You Remember to Take Your High Blood Pressure Medicine

If you have high blood pressure, these tips will help you remember to take medication as prescribed and achieve the maximum benefit intended by your doctor.

Review Date: January 05, 2012

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)- (PDF)

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), or atherosclerosis, involves the hardening of the blood vessels by fatty deposits called plaque. Learn how you can lower your risk factors to improve your heart health. Spanish text is included in this document.

Review Date: March 29, 2013

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Family Reunion Health Guide- (PDF)

This guide will help you talk to your family about kidney disease and its connection to diabetes and high blood pressure, two leading causes of kidney failure which affects African Americans more than other groups.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

NIH National Kidney Disease Education Program

Get the Most Out of Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

Checking your blood pressure at home is an important part of managing high blood pressure. Find out how to use home monitors accurately.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Healthy Living After Stroke

If you've had a stroke, your risk of having another one is higher than the stroke risk of the average person. Learn what you can do to reduce that risk.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

American Stroke Association

High Blood Pressure and Kidney Disease

The kidneys play a key role in keeping a person’s blood pressure in a healthy range. High blood pressure can damage the kidneys and lead to chronic kidney disease (CKD). Learn about lifestyle changes that help control blood pressure.

Review Date: February 21, 2013

NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK

High Blood Pressure Health Risk Calculator

Enter your blood pressure reading to learn your risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke, and developing heart failure or kidney disease. Learn how lifestyle changes can lower your blood pressure and health risks.

Review Date: January 11, 2012

American Heart Association

Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

Information about at-home high blood pressure monitoring. Includes what happens during blood pressure testing, how blood pressure readings are taken, which readings are normal and abnormal and choosing the best monitoring equipment for your needs.

Review Date: September 19, 2011

American Heart Association

Low-Sodium Recipes

Try these recipes offered by the American Heart Association's Patient Education program. You won't miss the salt when you taste these dishes.

Review Date: February 11, 2013

American Heart Association

My Blood Pressure Wallet Card- (PDF)

Keep track of your blood pressure so you can take action if it becomes high.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Information Center

Preeclampsia: Frequently Asked Questions

Learn about preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy that can be fatal if not diagnosed and managed.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

Preeclampsia Foundation

Preeclampsia: Get Support

Recently diagnosed with preeclampsia, HELLP syndrome, or other hypertension in pregnancy? Share stories, advice, information and support with other members online.

Review Date: December 24, 2012

Preeclampsia Foundation

Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension

Pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH), which is also called toxemia or preeclampsia, is a problem that occurs in some women during pregnancy. The signs of PIH include: high blood pressure, swelling that doesn't go away and large amounts of protein in the urine.

Review Date: December 19, 2011

American Academy of Family Physicians

Prevention and Treatment of High Blood Pressure

Adopting a healthy lifestyle is critical for the prevention of HBP and an indispensable part of managing it. Think of these changes as a "lifestyle prescription" and make every effort to comply with them.

Review Date: August 14, 2012

American Heart Association

Real Life Examples of High Blood Pressure

In this document, you will meet five people who have high blood pressure and are making changes to control it. Find out about lifestyle choices they are making to improve their heart health and see how they control their high blood pressure.

Review Date: March 05, 2012

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI

Shaking the Salt Habit

Learn how you can reduce the amount of sodium you consume to help lower your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.

Review Date: April 15, 2011

American Heart Association

Test Your Sodium Smarts- (PDF)

High–sodium diets are linked to increased blood pressure and a higher risk for heart disease and stroke. Test your sodium smarts by answering these 10 questions about which food products are higher in sodium.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

American Heart Association

The DASH Diet: Healthy Eating to Control Your Blood Pressure

The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a balanced eating plan that your family doctor might recommend to help you lower your blood pressure.

Review Date: May 29, 2012

American Academy of Family Physicians

Treatment of High Blood Pressure

Check out this guide to lowering high blood pressure.

Review Date: February 09, 2012

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Information Center

What African Americans with Diabetes or High Blood Pressure Need to Know

Diabetes and high blood pressure can damage the kidneys and lead to kidney disease. African Americans have a higher rate of kidney failure than any other group of people. Learn how you can take preventive measures to guard against kidney disease.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

NIH National Kidney Disease Education Program

Who Is at Risk for High Blood Pressure?

Learn more about what could put you at risk for high blood pressure.

Review Date: February 09, 2012

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Information Center

Your Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure- (PDF)

Learn about high blood pressure and what you can do to lower it.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Information Center

Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure

Learn how to prevent and control high blood pressure with helpful tips, quizzes, real life examples, and information about medications and working with your doctor.

Review Date: December 18, 2014

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI

Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure: Healthy Eating

Research has shown that following a healthy eating plan can both reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure and lower an already elevated blood pressure. Read on to learn about the DASH diet plan.

Review Date: January 25, 2012

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Information Center

Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure: Physical Activity

Being physically active is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent or control high blood pressure. Find out how you can become more physically active.

Review Date: January 26, 2012

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Information Center

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