Make blood pressure control a goal

May is High Blood Pressure Education Month. Have you talked about a goal for your blood pressure with your health care provider? If not, do it at your next visit.

One of three American adults has high blood pressure, also called hypertension. That’s 67 million people who have to work to keep their blood pressure in check each day. May is High Blood Pressure Education Month and it’s a good time to find out how to “make control your goal.”

Having the highest score is good in many things, but not with blood pressure—the higher your numbers, the more serious the condition.

High blood pressure, can damage health in many ways. For instance, it can harden the arteries, decreasing the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart and brain, become blocked or burst.

Of the 67 million American adults who have high blood pressure, 16 million know that they have the condition and are getting treatment, but their blood pressure still remains higher than it should be. For these individuals, awareness and treatment are not enough—that’s why CDC is asking patients, families, and health care professionals to “make control the goal.” Make an appointment with your physician for a checkup.

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