Harvard Medical School provides tips for controlling hypertension

Published: March, 2004

A staggering fifty million Americans have high blood pressure. Often, people who have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, do not realize it because the disease does not have any warning signs or symptoms, earning it the nickname the 'silent killer.' Patients who are untreated for a number of years not only quietly damage their internal organs, but also run the risk of serious health problems such as heart attack or stroke. In fact, unchecked hypertension can deduct 10 to 20 years from your life.

With such a large percentage of the population suffering from hypertension, it is likely that this disease is a concern for you or someone you know. A new special health report from Harvard Medical School , Hypertension: Controlling the 'Silent Killer,' focuses on the importance of identifying high blood pressure sooner rather than later, eating a healthy diet, and getting plenty of exercise.

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