The numbers are staggering -- 71 million Americans (that’s 1 in 3 adults) have hypertension, which is the same as having high blood pressure. Of those Americans who have high blood pressure, almost half are at an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke--or even of suffering kidney or heart failure because their blood pressure is not yet under safe control. But there’s good news. People with hypertension can take steps today to improve their blood pressure and protect themselves from harm.
The Millions Hearts® initiative, with its goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017, is an essential part of this work. Million Hearts has the tools and resources that those at risk for heart disease can use to improve their health and prevent damage, disability, and death from cardiovascular disease.
This February, as part of American Heart Month, Million Hearts® is encouraging Americans to get their blood pressure checked and if it's high, to make control their goal. If you know you have high blood pressure, there are some steps you can take to get it under control.
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