If you have high blood pressure, you’re probably concerned about getting it under control. And you should be.
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease (the leading cause of death) and stroke (the fourth leading cause of death) and contributes to over 1,100 deaths per day.
The more striking aspect is most of these deaths are preventable. We have effective and inexpensive treatments for high blood pressure, yet less than 44% of high blood pressure cases are controlled.
The devastating effect on our health and length of life of uncontrolled high blood pressure is unacceptable and led the U.S. Surgeon General to release a Call to Action to Control Hypertension to help improve the health of people with high blood pressure.
If you’re interested in taking control of your blood pressure, there are three new medical literature findings that you should know about.
It’s important to monitor your blood pressure at home.
Like most doctors, I always thought the most accurate blood pressure is the one taken in my office, preferably by me. But research in recent years has shown that office blood pressures are often not accurate. Studies show up to 65% of office blood pressures are not correct. Other research has shown that home blood pressure measurements may be a better predictor of risk than office measurements and that monitoring at home lowers blood pressure and improves control…