One in five Americans with hypertension are unaware of the problem, according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And even when they do, about half don’t get their levels under control. That should prompt you to get your blood pressure measured and, if it’s high, take steps to get it under control. The CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that about a third of men and women have hypertension, dubbed the “silent killer” because it often causes no noticeable symptoms. About 75 percent of people with high blood pressure were taking medication to control it, but only about a half were able to get their levels under control.
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Are you checking your blood pressure?
and two measurements in the evening between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. for seven consecutive days are recommended. Values from the first day are discarded.
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Heart Health–Managing High Blood Pressure In Winter
If you are on prescription medication for high blood pressure, take it regularly and consult your health care provider before taking any over-the-counter medications or supplements. Use a labeled pillbox to help you keep track of your medicines during the busy fall and winter months. 3. Eat a healthy diet.
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