How To Stop A 'Silent Killer'
North American Precis Syndicate
The best way to avoid the consequences of high blood pressure is to commit to the treatment plan you make with your doctor. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—High blood pressure is often silent—showing no signs
or symptoms—but it’s not invisible. Survivors are speaking out to
show the real impact of high blood pressure, and a new campaign from the Ad
Council, American Heart Association and American Medical Association provides
resources to help you and your doctor create a treatment plan that works for
Survivors William, Jill, Francisco, Allyson and others show you what high
blood pressure looks like while telling their stories at LowerYourHBP.org to
encourage you to get your blood pressure under control before it’s too
Understanding High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is any level of blood pressure above 130/80. Its
consequences include heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney disease,
vision loss, sexual dysfunction and peripheral artery disease. According to
the American Heart Association, 46 percent of Americans have high blood
pressure, but only about half of them have it under control.
Committing To A Plan
Once you know you have high blood pressure, you can manage it very
effectively through changes in eating habits, physical activity, and, when
needed, medication. The best way to avoid the consequences of high blood
pressure is to talk to your doctor and commit to a treatment plan that works
for your life. Here are some questions to answer in preparation for your
• How have you been feeling?
• Is anything preventing you from sticking to your current plan?
• Any changes in your blood pressure?
• Any side effects from any medication or symptoms?
• How do you treat your side effects and/or symptoms?
• What questions or concerns do you have for your doctor?
Overcoming Everyday Hurdles
If your treatment plan feels overwhelming, your doctor can help you create
a more achievable plan. The most effective plan is the one you actually
follow. You can use the guide at LowerYourHBP.org
to start the right conversation with your doctor.
If a hectic schedule, the cost of medication, or your habits are keeping
you from sticking to your treatment, talk to your doctor about ways to
overcome these barriers. Be clear about your concerns and get all the answers
You can find important facts, stats and tips and see the campaign’s
videos online at www.LowerYourHBP.org.
There, you can also find helpful tools as you work with your doctor to create
or get a treatment plan to bring your blood pressure under control.
You can save yourself from the “silent killer.”
“The best way to avoid the
consequences of high blood pressure is to commit to a treatment plan you make
with your doctor. LowerYourHBP.org http://bit.ly/2rJ3Txf”
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