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May is high blood pressure month

April 21, 2014

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month, and it's a good time to put the spotlight on Million Hearts, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

Million Hearts launched in 2012 with the ADA as one of dozens of organizational supporters.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 3 U.S. adults—about 67 million people—have high blood pressure, but only about half have the condition under control.

The Million Hearts initiative emphasizes high blood pressure control as one of the basic defenses against heart attack and stroke.

More information on the Million Hearts initiative is at millionhearts.hhs.gov. Information about high blood pressure is available on the CDC's website, cdc.gov.

The ADA Practical Guide to Patients with Medical Conditions (P031) features a chapter on cardiovascular disease. The guide is $59.95 for members and $89.95 retail price. Save $15 on the guide with promo code 14120 through May 31.

More information on the guide is available at ADAcatalog.org, or by calling the ADA Member Service Center at 1-800-947-4746.