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Controlling the Silent Killer

Hypertension by Randall M. Zusman
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Chances are good that you or someone you know has high blood pressure, known medically as hypertension. An alarming one in three American adults—a total of 73 million people—has this disorder. If you are among them, you can take steps today to protect yourself from the damage it causes. Because hypertension has no symptoms or warning signs, yet can be so dangerous to your health and well-being, it has earned the nickname "the silent killer." Fortunately, high blood pressure is easy to detect and treat. Sometimes people can keep blood pressure in a healthy range simply by making lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, increasing activity, and eating more healthfully. In other cases medication is necessary, especially if you have diabetes, kidney disease, or other cardiac risks. Either way, reducing your blood pressure even a little bit can dramatically improve your health and life expectancy. This report lays out a step-by-step lifestyle program you can use to lower your blood pressure, including a special section on the best diet for keeping your blood pressure in check. It also covers blood pressure monitoring and medications. With the information available today, there is no need for hypertension to be a killer any longer.
Harvard Health Publications; January 2009
54 pages; ISBN 9781935555001
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Title: Hypertension
Author: Randall M. Zusman; Harvard Health Publications; Harvard Medical School