High Blood Pressure

You can get testing and treatment for high blood pressure at your Health Department!

Did You Know:

– High blood pressure causes stroke, heart attack, heart failure, and kidney disease

– 1 out of 3 adults and 2 out of 3 over age 60 have high blood pressure

– 6 out of 10 people with high blood pressure are under treatment, but only 2 of them have it under control

– Health Department staff will work with your doctor to help you control your blood pressure

If you have high blood pressure, and you qualify (**), the Health Department has a full range of services that can meet your needs:A Snapshot: Blood Pressure in the U.S. Make Control Your Goal. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, the first and fourth leading causes of death for all Americans. High Blood Pressure Basics. 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure. High blood pressure contributes to ~1,000 deaths/day. When your blood pressure is high, you are 4 times more likely to die from a stroke, and you are 3 times more likely to die from heart disease. 69% of people who have a first heart attack, 77% of people who have a first stroke, and 74% of people with chronic heart failure have high blood pressure. Annual estimated costs associated with high blood pressure: $51 billion, including $47.5 billion in direct medical expenses. Blood Pressure Control. Only about half of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control. Reducing average population systolic blood pressure by only 12–13 mmHg could reduce stroke by 37%, coronary heart disease by 21%, deaths from cardiovascular disease by 25%, and deaths from all causes by 13%. Make Control Your Goal, Every Day. Check your blood pressure regularly—at home, at a doctor’s office, or at a pharmacy. Eat a healthy diet with more fruits, vegetables, potassium, and whole grains and less sodium, saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol . Read nutrition labels and lower your sodium intake. Most of the sodium we eat comes from processed and restaurant foods. About 90% of Americans eat too much sodium. Quit smoking—or don’t start. 1-800-QUIT-NOW or Smokefree.gov. Adults should limit alcohol to no more than 1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men. Get active and maintain a healthy weight. Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every week. This infographic was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention in support of achieving the Million Hearts® initiative goal to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

  • Physical Exam & Office Visits
  • Laboratory Tests
  • Medicine
  • Patient Education
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Regular follow-up to keep your blood pressure under control

** – certain restrictions apply to qualify for the program. Call or visit the clinic to see if you qualify.


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CDC High Blood Pressure page

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