Stalking the "Silent Killer" - CHES17

Stalking the "Silent Killer"

by Ellen Coleman, MA, MPH, RD, CSSD and Nowen Beebe Carone, RD, MS, CDN
(4.3 / 115 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (2.00 CECH)

Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50


How do you treat a syndrome that people do not know they have? Hypertension is called the silent killer. With many unaware of their condition, it is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The 2017 guideline for hypertension prevention and management lowered the threshold for a diagnosis of hypertension. This means that in the future even more people will be diagnosed with hypertension than are now. There are preventive steps to reduce hypertension through lifestyle modifications such as weight loss, dietary changes, limited alcohol intake, and exercise. Despite the large volume of research devoted to hypertension, controversy still exists regarding the benefits of maintaining systolic blood pressure under 120 mmHg, and sodium intake as low as 1,500 mg/day. While lifestyle modifications are successful, many Americans with hypertension will require pharmacological treatment. In this course, you will learn the proven treatments and the areas of controversy.


The goal of this course is to provide relevant and updated information on hypertension including prevalence, effect on overall health, risk factors, prevention, and treatment. After reading this educational activity, you will be able to:
  • List lifestyle modifications that have a favorable effect on blood pressure
  • Describe the systolic and diastolic values for hypertension and list medications used to treat it
  • Describe the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating pattern and apply it to the diet of a person with high blood pressure
  • Identify foods that are lower in sodium and high in potassium

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, health educators, and fitness professionals.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Sponsored by Relias LLC, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 7.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019, 1133776 for 01/01/2020 to 12/31/2023.

Course Originally Released on: 3/1/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 6/21/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/21/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Marinela G - Auburn, GA  ·  Feb 24, 2020
interesting information for review
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Kim W - Alamogordo, NY  ·  Feb 24, 2020
Complex module. Good information
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Kady L - Plains, PA  ·  Feb 18, 2019
Very good content and pertinent info in today's health system enjoyed the course
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Mary C - Fort Worth, TX  ·  Jan 06, 2019
Informative but at times confusing especially about the drugs used most effectively for HTN>
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Patricia G - Imro, SC  ·  Oct 04, 2018
Contains solid information
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Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50