High Blood Pressure Prevention

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Explore statistics, research, reports, online tools and background information relating to high blood pressure prevention through a healthy diet.



Quick Tips to Be Sodium Savvy

International Food and Information Council.

Helpful tips for reducing sodium.


Logo for FastStats A-Z Fast Stats A-Z: Hypertension

National Center for Health Statistics.

Lists morbidity and mortality statistics for hypertension. Includes links to comprehensive data charts in PDF format.


High Blood Pressure Fact Sheet

CDC. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Provides statistics and general information on High Blood Pressure. Includes links to CDC public health efforts and partnering Web sites.


Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics - 2012 Update

American Heart Association; American Stroke Association.

Report provides updated statistics on heart disease, stroke, and other vascular diseases. Details include data on disease morbidity, mortality and risks; quality of care; medical procedures and operations; and costs associated with the management of these diseases.


Facts About The DASH Diet (PDF | 471 KB)

DHHS. NIH. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Describes the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. Find tips on menu planning, ways to increase fruit and vegetable intake, suggestions to decrease sodium intake, and a form to track eating habits. Also includes menus and recipes.


Sodium, Na (mg) Content of Selected Foods per Common Measure, sorted by nutrient content (PDF | 143 KB)

USDA. Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.

Lists the sodium content per serving of foods from the most to the least.


national heart lung and blood institute logo Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure

DHHS. NIH. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Discusses the meaning, detection, prevention and treatment of high blood pressure. Includes real life examples of people with hypertension who are making lifestyle choices to lower their blood pressure. Other topics include African Americans, the DASH diet, healthy eating, physical activity, and preeclampsia.


On the Move to Better Heart Health for African Americans

DHHS. NIH. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Pamphlet for African Americans provides tips on shopping for and preparing foods lower in sodium. Includes how to read a nutrition facts panel, choosing wisely when eating out, and which ethnic foods to choose more or less often.


Hypertension: Medline Interactive Health Tutorial

DHHS. National Institutes of Health; United States National Library of Medicine.

Interactive tutorial for professionals and consumers describes blood pressure and addresses the causes, complications, diagnosis and control of high blood pressure. Also available in Spanish.


High Blood Pressure Health Risk Calculator

American Heart Association.

Assess your high blood pressure related risk. Also links to other online tools, including high blood pressure tracker, illustrations and animations, quizzes, and more.