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