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Nearly 50 million Americans have high blood pressure. That's one in every four adults. It is referred to as the "silent killer" because it often has no warning signs.

Many people are surprised to find that they have high blood pressure. But it is a serious condition -- one of the leading causes of stroke and heart disease. If you've been diagnosed with high blood pressure, take it seriously.

By following the steps below and working with your doctor, you CAN lower your high blood pressure and decrease your risk for heart disease.

I. Let's Get Started
Step 1: What is Blood Pressure?
Step 2: Take High Blood Pressure Seriously
Step 3: What Causes High Blood Pressure?
Step 4: Who Gets High Blood Pressure?
II. Testing and Screening
Step 5: High Blood Pressure is "Silent"
Step 6: Diagnosing High Blood Pressure
Step 7: Follow-up Office Visits
III. Managing High Blood Pressure
Step 8: Treatment Overview
Step 9: Maintain Healthy Habits
Step 10: Drug Therapy
Step 11: Monitor Your Blood Pressure at Home
Step 12: You and Your Doctor are a Team

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Review Date: June 3, 2003

Reviewed By: Jacqueline A. Hart, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Harvard University and Senior Medical Editor, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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