Stalking the "Silent Killer" - FIT17

Stalking the "Silent Killer"

by Ellen Coleman, MA, MPH, RD, CSSD
(4.0 / 53 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Fitness (1.00 ACSM CECs)

Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50


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.
Fitness professionals: 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.
Relias LLC is recognized by the American Council on Exercise as a Continuing Education Specialist (provider #250164). This course is approved for 0.1 ACE CEC. ACE approval for this course expired 12/31/2019.
The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that Relias LLC meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2013 to December 2022 (provider #730441). This course is approved for 1.0 ACSM CECs.

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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Ryan M - Land O Lakes, FL  ·  Dec 31, 2019
A good primer on guidelines for treating hypertension.
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AUDREY H - Steilacoom, WA  ·  Oct 09, 2019
A lot of useful info but more interactive questions would have helped with comprehension.
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Sherry R - York, PA  ·  Jul 19, 2019
it was informative, It was nice refresher of some information I already did know.
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Douglas W - Norfolk, VA  ·  Aug 16, 2017
Typo on the "New JNC 8 Recommendations," chart. Goal for diastolic BP should be 90mmHg not 190mmHg in patients >18 w/ DM or CKD.
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Bharathi P - Virginia Beach, VA  ·  May 17, 2017
good course, I learnt a lot from the course
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Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50