Interventions for Hypertension

May was National High Blood Pressure Education month, and so we thought it would be perfect to put out an episode on prevention and treatment strategies for this very common chronic condition. In this episode we’ll discuss:

  • A definition of the two types of hypertension (AKA high blood pressure)
  • What increases your risk of developing Hypertension
  • How this silent disease is diagnosed in adults & children
  • Tips for getting tested to know your status 
  • How to treat hypertension with lifestyle & dietary changes 
  • What the research says in terms of supplements that may help to lower your blood pressure
  • & More! 

Listen in to get the full scoop!

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Thanks for listening!  

A Snapshot: Blood Pressure in the U.S. Make Control Your Goal. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, the first and fourth leading causes of death for all Americans. High Blood Pressure Basics. 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure. High blood pressure contributes to ~1,000 deaths/day. When your blood pressure is high, you are 4 times more likely to die from a stroke, and you are 3 times more likely to die from heart disease. 69% of people who have a first heart attack, 77% of people who have a first stroke, and 74% of people with chronic heart failure have high blood pressure. Annual estimated costs associated with high blood pressure: $51 billion, including $47.5 billion in direct medical expenses. Blood Pressure Control. Only about half of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control. Reducing average population systolic blood pressure by only 12–13 mmHg could reduce stroke by 37%, coronary heart disease by 21%, deaths from cardiovascular disease by 25%, and deaths from all causes by 13%. Make Control Your Goal, Every Day. Check your blood pressure regularly—at home, at a doctor’s office, or at a pharmacy. Eat a healthy diet with more fruits, vegetables, potassium, and whole grains and less sodium, saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol . Read nutrition labels and lower your sodium intake. Most of the sodium we eat comes from processed and restaurant foods. About 90% of Americans eat too much sodium. Quit smoking—or don’t start. 1-800-QUIT-NOW or Adults should limit alcohol to no more than 1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men. Get active and maintain a healthy weight. Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every week. This infographic was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention in support of achieving the Million Hearts® initiative goal to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.


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6 Comments on Interventions for Hypertension

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    June 29, 2017 at 10:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Very informative!

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    Deborah Davis
    June 30, 2017 at 1:32 am (2 years ago)

    Hi, This is such an important topic to focus on especially in the African American community–but of course, hypertension affects people of all races and ethnic groups. I grew in a family where all of the adults–parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles– complained about having high blood pressure. Some suffered from strokes and heart problems. After watching my family suffer from hypertension and it’s negative effects, I vowed to change my diet from the traditional soul food diet to a vegetarian diet when I went to college. I have followed a high plant-powered diet ever since and I have never had problems with hypertension. Thanks for sharing this invaluable information. I’m sharing it.

    • Wendy
      June 30, 2017 at 4:26 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks for sharing all of this experience! So happy to hear that going plant-based has really helped. We’re putting out a podcast next month on plant-based living so stay tuned!

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    September 7, 2017 at 1:17 am (2 years ago)

    Valuable health information.

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    September 22, 2017 at 7:57 pm (2 years ago)

    I just discovered your podcasts and blog and I LOVE IT! Thanks for all of the amazing information. As someone who works in community heath, it so wonderful to have great, supporting information from women of color to share with our communities! THANK YOU!

    • Wendy
      September 25, 2017 at 11:27 pm (2 years ago)

      We’re SO happy you found us! Thank you for such kind words, and we really hope all of the resources on the site are helpful in developing healthier habits! xoxo


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