I have nev­er con­sid­ered myself an emo­tion­al per­son.  But after my wife died, I became both mom and dad to my kids.  I work a pres­sure filled job in the insur­ance indus­try.  Now with the added stress at home, I feel like I am going to explode, lit­er­al­ly. 

I can’t get sick and let my kids down.  I need to do some­thing to make a change.  I went to talk to my doc­tor who told me that my blood pres­sure was sky high and I was head­ing for trou­ble.  He gave me med­ica­tion and told me I had to reduce the stress.  How does he expect me to know that?  I would love to know.

IN 2016, THE U.S. EXPERIENCED

70
Of peo­ple who have their first heart attack have high blood pres­sure
500,000
Deaths per year in the U.S. have high blood pres­sure as a con­tribut­ing fac­tor
80
Of peo­ple hav­ing their first stroke have high blood pres­sure
120
Mil­lion peo­ple vis­it­ed their health care providers to treat high blood pres­sure
Alexander – Age 72 – Beaverton, Oregon

Alexander – Age 72 – Beaverton, Oregon

High Blood Pres­sure

Tanya – Age 37 – Las Vegas, Nevada

Tanya – Age 37 – Las Vegas, Nevada

High Blood Pres­sure

Lionel – Age 42 – Bronx, New York

Lionel – Age 42 – Bronx, New York

High Blood Pres­sure

Christine – Age 34 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Christine – Age 34 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

High Blood Pres­sure

Resources and Links

Find sup­port from oth­ers cop­ing with hyper­ten­sion and its com­pli­ca­tions. Ask the experts your ques­tions, and get more infor­ma­tion from oth­er web sites that can help.

  1. Hyper­ten­sion & High Blood Pres­sure Com­mu­ni­tyStrug­gling with high blood pres­sure? Get hyper focused with our hyper­ten­sion mem­bers who know.
  2. WebMD’s Hyper­ten­sion Resource pageHere are a dozen hyper­ten­sion-relat­ed asso­ci­a­tions with more of the high blood pres­sure infor­ma­tion you need.
  3. Relat­ed Web Site: Amer­i­can Heart Asso­ci­a­tionThis Amer­i­can Heart Asso­ci­a­tion site wants to show you why you should care about high blood pres­sure, what you can do about it, and how you can decide on treat­ment. This link will take you to the web site.
  4. Tool: Find a Doc­torThis direc­to­ry quick­ly helps you locate physi­cians near you.
  5. Relat­ed Web Site: Nation­al Heart, Lung, and Blood Insti­tuteThe Nation­al Heart, Lung, and Blood Insti­tute has put togeth­er a com­pre­hen­sive guide to help you get your blood pres­sure under con­trol.
  6. Relat­ed Web Site: Nation­al Insti­tute on AgingUse­ful hand­outs on high blood pres­sure and oth­er hyper­ten­sion infor­ma­tion can be found at this web site. This link will take you there.
  7. Relat­ed Web Site: Teen Health: Under­stand­ing Blood Pres­sureBecause even kids can have high blood pres­sure, Teens Health aims to teach kids what hyper­ten­sion is, its caus­es, and how they can pre­vent it. This link will take you to the group’s web site.
  8. Low­er­ing Blood Pres­sure Slideshow: Exer­cise Tips for Get­ting Start­edHigh blood pres­sure affects about 1 in 3 Amer­i­can adults and increas­es your risk of heart dis­ease and stroke.
  9. Salt Shock­ers Slideshow: High-Sodi­um Sur­pris­esWe may malign the salt shak­er, but sodi­um plays an impor­tant role in the body. It’s essen­tial for flu­id bal­ance, mus­cle strength, and nerve func­tion. But most of us get too much.

Heart Health Organizations

Amer­i­can Col­lege of Car­di­ol­o­gy 
Heart House
2400 N Street NW
Wash­ing­ton DC, 20037
(800) 253‑4636, ext. 5603 or (202) 375‑6000
Fax: (202) 375‑7000
E-mail: resource@acc.org
www.acc.org

Amer­i­can Heart Asso­ci­a­tion 
Nation­al Cen­ter
7272 Greenville Avenue
Dal­las, TX 75231
(800) 242‑8721
www.heart.org

Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion 
10903 New Hamp­shire Ave
Sil­ver Spring, MD 20993–0002
(888)-463‑6332
www.fda.gov

Nation­al Heart, Lung and Blood Insti­tute Health Infor­ma­tion Cen­ter 
P.O. Box 30105
Bethes­da, MD 20824–0105
Phone: (301) 592‑8573
Fax: (240) 629‑3246
E-mail: nhlbiinfo@nhlbi.nih.gov
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov

The Cleve­land Clin­ic Heart Cen­ter 
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleve­land, Ohio 44195
(800) 223‑2273
www.clevelandclinic.org/heartcenter