Stalking the "Silent Killer" - RD17

Stalking the "Silent Killer"

by Ellen Coleman, MA, MPH, RD, CSSD and Nowen Beebe Carone, RD, MS, CDN
(4.3 / 145 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (2.00 CPEU)

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.
Dietitians: 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 a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials. This course is a Level 2 course. Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 4030, 4040, 5000, 5260 and performance indicators of 4.1.2., 8.1.1., 8.1.2., 8.1.3.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # 50-1489).

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.


For Florida professionals:

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Susan T - Mattituck, NY  ·  Sep 29, 2019
Informative, good update.
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Sandra F - Springfield, MA  ·  Aug 14, 2019
It was very informative and provided up to date studies.
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Jongmi P - Burtonsville, MD  ·  Feb 27, 2019
The course was very informative.
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ANN Y - Munford, TN  ·  Mar 14, 2018
Very good update and review.
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Sara L - Smithfield, VA  ·  Mar 05, 2018
good information for all clinicians
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Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50