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High Blood Pressure Is an Increasingly Serious Health Problem

American Medical Group Foundation ConsumerFeature


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68-MILLION AMERICANS--OR NEARLY ONE-IN-THREE ADULTS--HAVE HIGH BLOOD-PRESSURE--WHICH CAN LEAD TO HEART-ATTACK, STROKE, OR EVEN DEATH.  IT'S ONE OF THE MOST-SERIOUS HEALTH-CONDITIONS FACING AMERICANS TODAY.  WHAT'S MORE, 20-PERCENT OF THOSE WHO HAVE HIGH BLOOD-PRESSURE DON'T EVEN KNOW THAT THEY HAVE IT.  ACCORDING TO THE "AMERICAN MEDICAL-GROUP FOUNDATION", HIGH BLOOD-PRESSURE IS KNOWN AS THE "SILENT KILLER", BECAUSE IT OFTEN HAS NO SYMPTOMS--UNTIL SERIOUS PROBLEMS OCCUR.  MANY PEOPLE, IN FACT, HAVE IT FOR YEARS--WITHOUT EVEN KNOWING THAT THEY HAVE THE DISEASE.  MAY IS "HIGH BLOOD-PRESSURE EDUCATION MONTH".  AND, THROUGH THE "MEASURE UP/PRESSURE DOWN"-CAMPAIGN, THE FOUNDATION IS PARTNERING WITH NEARLY 150 MEDICAL-GROUPS, ACROSS THE COUNTRY, TO HELP EDUCATE EVERYONE ABOUT THIS GROWING PROBLEM.  IT ENCOURAGES FOLKS TO "MEASURE", "MONITOR", AND "MAINTAIN":  HAVE YOUR BLOOD-PRESSURE CHECKED AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR.  AND, THOSE WITH HIGH BLOOD-PRESSURE SHOULD ALSO WORK WITH THEIR DOCTOR, ON A TREATMENT-PLAN.  TO LEARN MORE, VISIT "MEASURE-UP-PRESSURE-DOWN"-DOT-COM.


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