Stalking the "Silent Killer" - CHES17

Stalking the "Silent Killer"

by Ellen Coleman, MA, MPH, RD, CSSD and Nowen Beebe, RD, MS, CDN
(4.3 / 101 ratings )

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

Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50


Hypertension is called the “silent killer.” Essentially asymptomatic hypertension affects approximately 33% of adult Americans, approximately 20% are unaware of their condition, and it is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. About 71% of those with hypertension use antihypertensive medications. The risk of developing hypertension increases with age. Weight loss alone or in combination with exercise is effective in reducing blood pressure. While lifestyle modifications are successful, many Americans with hypertension will require pharmacological treatment. Those successful at controlling hypertension maintain a healthy lifestyle and take medications as directed.


To provide relevant and updated information on hypertension including prevalence, affect on overall health, risk factors, prevention and treatment. After reading this module, the participant will be able to:
  • List three lifestyle modifications that have a favorable effect on blood pressure
  • Describe the systolic and diastolic values for hypertension in those 60 years and older and those younger than 60 years
  • Describe the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension eating pattern and apply it to the diet of a person with high blood pressure

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, health educators, fitness professionals, and massage therapists.
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 OnCourse Learning, 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 2.0 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.

Course Originally Released on: 3/1/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 7/23/2014
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/30/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning 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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Marcy T - Omaha, NE  ·  Sep 06, 2018
It was a little more technical than other studies I have read. It took a few times to read and sometimes get it. Thought a few of the questions were more "tricky" than other test questions I've answered. I did learn quite a bit about BP though and how it is affected by lifestyle factors.
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Marisely G - Gurabo , PR  ·  Aug 31, 2018
I would recommended this course, very interesting
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Christine G - Chesapeake, VA  ·  Aug 02, 2018
very in depth and informative
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Lindsay G - Hempstead, TX  ·  Aug 01, 2018
Very informative. This will help me answer questions that patients have.
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Jessica O - Bogotá, IT  ·  Jun 19, 2018
this course is good to take a better lifestyle and not suffer many diseases that results being silent killers
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Price: $39.00
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