February is American Heart Month. This year, Million Hearts® is encouraging Americans to know their blood pressure and if it's high, to make control their goal.
Uncontrolled high blood pressure [PDF-466K] is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. In fact, about 70 million Americans have high blood pressure.1 People with high blood pressure are four times more likely to die from a stroke and three times more likely to die from heart disease. High blood pressure often shows no signs or symptoms, which is why having your blood pressure checked regularly is important. Today, it is easier than ever to get your blood pressure checked. Along with your health care providers, blood pressure screening is available at pharmacies, drug stores, and even at home using a home blood pressure monitor.
If you know you have high blood pressure, take these steps to help get it under control [PDF-689K]:
Learn more about how to reduce your risk for blood pressure and control it if you have high blood pressure at http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/abouthds/blood_pressure.html.
Join us for a Twitter Chat: For an engaging discussion with cardiovascular experts on how to improve your patients' blood pressure control, join Million Hearts®, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Minority Health, and the Association of Black Cardiologists on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. ET for a Twitter chat. Follow @MillionHeartsUS to join.
Share information about heart health with your loved ones, colleagues, and friends this month. Join us for these activities: