The Importance of Research for High Blood Pressure Prevention and Treatment
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The Importance of Research for High Blood Pressure Prevention and Treatment

September 7, 2019

♪ ♪ Hypertension is kind of a fancy
word for high blood pressure. The reason we’re concerned
about high blood pressure, or hypertension, is that
people who have hypertension have a much greater risk of
a heart attack or a stroke, or even some other
problems like kidney disease and lower
extremity arterial disease. So hypertension
is a major problem. 1 out of 6 people
with high blood pressure don’t know they have it. And of those who know they
have it, and have been treated, nearly half are not controlled. DAVID: Puerto Ricans, African
Americans, Cuban Americans; those groups should
pay special attention, especially African Americans who tend to have
strokes and heart disease at much younger
ages than other groups. GEORGE: You have to
know your blood pressure. We have to take
steps and take actions to improve those numbers. The challenge is to take the
strategies that we know work and actually put
them into routine, daily care, and practice. Most of the research
we’ve done has demonstrated that we have safe and
effective interventions. However, we really don’t
know what strategies would work and lead to sustained adoption
of these interventions, this is where we
need to put our energy. For the vast majority of people
who have high blood pressure they feel no symptoms at all. It’s very important to see
your doctor on a regular basis and have your
blood pressure checked. ♪ ♪

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