Stalking the "Silent Killer" - MT17

Stalking the "Silent Killer"

Cardiovascular Disease

by Ellen Coleman, MA, MPH, RD, CSSD and Nowen Beebe, RD, MS, CDN
(4.4 / 57 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Massage Therapy (2.00 CE hours)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


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. 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.
Massage Therapists: 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.
OnCourse Learning is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education approved provider (prov no. 451980-12 from 06/08/2012 to 12/29/2014, 1183 from 09/02/2016 through 09/02/2019).
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Massage Therapy and Georgia Board of Massage Therapy (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 3/1/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 7/23/2014
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/2/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. 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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Judy B - PORTSMOUTH, VA  ·  Apr 26, 2018
Very informative--lots of meat in it!
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Whitney G - Pocatello, ID  ·  Mar 16, 2018
The material was very interesting but what i thought was important wasnt on the test. it was more percentages and i found that kind strange.
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Dawn K - Otis Orchards, WA  ·  Mar 04, 2018
A lot to remember but excellent information.
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LECTRICE G - Los Angeles, CA  ·  Nov 01, 2017
this is very helpful to people who have htn and it's a great source of information to help people to control htn.
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Jane H - Melbourne, FL  ·  Aug 17, 2017
It was presented in a clear and uncomplicated format so that it will be easy to apply in a way to help and encourage a healthy lifestyle
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Price: $20.00
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