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HHS HealthBeat (March 2, 2011)

Controlling high blood pressure

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

About one third of Americans have high blood pressure, and many don’t know it – even though high blood pressure is the leading cause of heart disease, which is America’s leading cause of death.

Getting your blood pressure checked is easy. A health care professional can do it, and you can get a reading with the machines at supermarkets or drugstores.

Controlling high blood pressure may take medications, but researcher Cathleen Gillespie of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you can do some things yourself:

``Those include achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight, participating in regular physical activity, not smoking, limiting alcohol intake, and eating a healthy diet that is low in salt.’’ (11 seconds)

An article on high blood pressure is in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: May 7, 2011