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The Science Inside: High Blood Pressure

This booklet explains what health professionals know about high blood pressure or hypertension, one of the leading causes of heart disease and stroke. It shows how to prevent high blood pressure, as well as how to care for yourself if you have been diagnosed with the disease.

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The Science Inside: High Blood Pressure.

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Additional resources on high blood pressure are provided below, in both English and Spanish.

Resources in English

Blood Pressure Monitoring at Home
American Academy of Family Physicians
Answers the hows and whys of monitoring your blood pressure yourself at home.

Brain Attack: Risk Factors of a Stroke
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Mentions risk factors for strokes, including hypertension, and the signs someone is having a stroke.

Brain Basics: Preventing a Stroke
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Gives overview of a stroke and talks about the warning signs and risk factors, including ones you can control.

Cut Down on Salt and Sodium! ¡Coma menos sal y sodio!
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Bilingual, English and Spanish. Gives tips for reducing salt and sodium in your diet.

Exercise: A Drug Free Approach to Lowering High Blood Pressure
Mayo Clinic
Gives tips for fitting in exercise, how much exercise is necessary and how to avoid injuries.

The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Gives overview of heart related conditions that affect women, major risk factors (including high blood pressure), and action plan that women can use to take control of their heart health.

High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours
American Academy of Family Physicians
Answers frequently asked questions about hypertension.

Over the Counter Medication for People with High Blood Pressure
American Heart Association
Lists cold and flu medicines that may be safer for those who suffer from hypertension.

Secondary Hypertension
Mayo Clinic
Talks about the diseases and conditions, such as kidney disease or sleep apnea, which can cause high blood pressure.

Spice up Your Life! Eat Less Salt and Sodium
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Gives tips for reducing salt and sodium in your diet.

Stroke: Hope through Research
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Gives a general overview of stroke risk factors, symptoms, and treatments.

Your Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Gives suggestions for controlling and lowering blood pressure by losing weight and eating better.

Your Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure with DASH
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Defines high blood pressure and discusses how following the DASH eating plan can help reduce it. Gives helpful tips about how to cut back on sodium, include more healthy foods in your diet, read nutrition labels, and cook heart-healthy foods.

Recursos En Español

Accidente Cerebrovascular: Esperanza en la Investigación
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Spanish language. Gives a general overview of stroke risk factors, symptoms, and treatments.

Apoplejía : Factores de Riesgo y Síntomas
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Spanish language. Mentions risk factors for strokes, including hypertension, and the signs someone is having a stroke.

¡Coma menos sal y sodio! Cut Down on Salt and Sodium!
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Bilingual, English and Spanish. Gives tips for reducing salt and sodium in your diet.

¡Póngase en acción—prevenga la alta presión! Take Steps – Prevent High Blood Pressure
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Bilingual, English and Spanish. Explains how to prevent high blood pressure.

Presión Sanguínea Alta: Lo que usted puede hacer para reducir su presión
American Academy of Family Physicians
Spanish language. Answers frequently asked questions about hypertension.

Previniendo la Apoplejía
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Spanish language. Gives overview of a stroke and talks about the warning signs and risk factors, including ones you can control.

Vigilando su Presión Arterial desde la Casa
American Academy of Family Physicians
Spanish language. Answers the hows and whys of monitoring your blood pressure yourself at home.