Answers to Common Questions
Find out which numbers and levels everyone should know and what they can tell us about our heart health.
What is a healthy blood pressure?
What factors impact lipoprotein-a levels?
What else can I do to control my blood pressure?
Making dietary changes to reduce sodium intake is a big part of blood pressure control. But, there are other things you can do to help lower your blood pressure and improve your heart health. Here are a few:
Why is hypertension so common in older individuals?
What is the difference between hypertension and prehypertension?
What should I do to reduce my heart attack risk?
How accurate is nutritional information in fast-food and sit-down restaurants?
How can Americans help reduce their cardiovascular risk?
How are liprotein-a levels tested?
How do I know if I have high cholesterol?
How do I know if I'm overweight or obese?
How do home blood pressure monitors work?
There are two main types of home blood pressure monitors that patients can use to track their blood pressure on their own—manual and automatic. Manual blood pressure monitors are similar to those that doctors might use to take your blood pressure, while automatic monitors are electronic monitors that can report your numbers digitally and even integrate with other digital health tools. Both can be very easy to use and useful in helping monitor blood pressure in between doctor visits.
Are there any differences observed in lifetime heart disease risk trends between men and women?
Does cardiovascular risk differ among different races or ethnicities?
Yes. Research from 2012 shows that African-American adults have among the highest rates of hypertension in the world (44% vs. 33.5% of U.S. adults). African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Hispanic/Latino individuals and other ethnic minorities are also disproportionately affected by diabetes, and Mexican-American and African American children are disproportionately affected by overweight and obesity.