CC Managing blood pressure

If you develop high blood pressure, work with a health care professional to manage it, and visit heart.org / hbpcontrol to find local blood pressure resources, step-by-step self-monitoring videos and more.

Nearly half of all American adults have high blood pressure, or hypertension, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those, about 75 percent don’t have it under control, and many may not even realize they have it unless they experience other complications.

In fact, high blood pressure is a leading cause and controllable risk factor for heart disease and stroke as well as other issues such as kidney failure, vision loss and sexual problems. However, the American Heart Association recommends taking these simple steps to help control your levels and manage risks.

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