Risk Factor for Stroke: High Blood Pressure


fotolia_6772406_XSMay is National Stroke Awareness Month.

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a leading risk factor for stroke. Nearly 60 million Americans have high blood pressure, and almost a third of those don’t know they have it.

Have your blood pressure checked at least once a year—more often if you have a history of high blood pressure, have had a heart attack, are diabetic, or are overweight.

Know your family medical history. If high blood pressure runs in your family, inform your doctor.

If you have high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s recommendations, which may include changes in diet, regular exercise, and the use of medication. Click here to read more about high blood pressure and other risks for stroke.

National Stroke Association and Stroke Support Association in Long Beach.

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