Features June 2008 Issue

Controlling Hypertension Is Crucial for Heart Patients

A healthy diet and regular exercise will help reduce blood pressure and lower your risk of stroke and future cardiac events.

The relationship between hypertension and other conditions known as "cardiovascular comorbidities" (CVCs)—conditions that affect the heart and/or blood vessels, such as coronary artery disease, heart failure, stroke, chronic kidney disease, peripheral arterial disease, and diabetes—is raising red flags in the medical community. According to a study in the Dec. 10/24, 2007 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, nearly 75 percent of 1,671 study participants with one or more CVCs also had hypertension, and less than half achieved their blood pressure goals. "It’s well established that high blood pressure is strongly associated with stroke, cardiovascular disease, and chronic renal disease, as well as a reduced overall survival rate," says Richard Krasuski, MD, a cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic.

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