FROM THE EDITORS
5 Steps to Controlling High Blood Pressure
Sheldon G. Sheps, M.D.
High blood pressure is a serious problem. Many of the 65 million Americans who have the condition are unaware that they have it, and only about 30 percent are taking steps to treat it. Approximately 70 million Americans are classified as prehypertensive, which means they have above-normal blood pressure that puts them at increasingly greater risk of developing definite hypertension.
A primary goal of the new Mayo Clinic book, "5 Steps to Controlling High Blood Pressure," is to inform you about how high blood pressure develops, what puts you at risk, how it's diagnosed and how it's treated. You'll also learn how to reduce your risk of the many conditions associated with high blood pressure, such as coronary artery disease, heart failure, kidney failure, stroke and dementia. You'll read about the proper use of medications, home monitoring and regular follow-up care. You'll also find the latest on issues of concern to women, children and special at-risk populations. All of this will help as you work with your doctor to make informed decisions regarding your health care.
"5 Steps to Controlling High Blood Pressure" focuses on the central role you play in a treatment program. It highlights five fundamental elements of a program: What you eat, how active you are, your use of tobacco and alcohol, how you manage stress, and how well you take medications. Separately, each step can improve your overall health and lower your blood pressure. When combined, the steps form a personalized program suited to your needs.
High blood pressure can almost always be successfully managed. This book, along with the advice of your personal physician, can assist you in living a longer, healthier life.