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May devoted to High Blood Pressure Education Month

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working to draw attention to hypertension's many challenges during May, which is High Blood Pressure Education Month.

Even knowing they have it, the 16 million American adults with high blood pressure struggle daily to control the dangerous condition. But the CDC estimates that 1 in 3 American adults—about 68 million people—actually have the condition, and millions don't know their status.

High blood pressure increases the risk for heart attack and stroke, and during High Blood Pressure Education Month, the CDC is encouraging both patients and their health care providers to take proper measures to reduce risk. The CDC is asking patients, families, and health care professionals to "make control the goal," as awareness and treatment are not always sufficient in controlling high blood pressure. Additional steps to safeguard against the dangers of hypertension include proper diet, exercise, stress management and proper communication between health care providers and patients, according to the CDC.

Last year, the ADA joined with the American Heart Association, the CDC and other entities in Million Hearts, an initiative spearheaded by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes in five years.

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 for nonmembers. A $10 discount will be applied to purchases of the guide made through June 30 using promo code 13122.

More information on the guide is available at ADAcatalog.org, or call 1-800-947-4746.

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