Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure: Know Your Numbers, and Make Control Your Goal

The University of Maryland Medical Center is committed to working with community partners to both reduce the number of people in the Baltimore area with high blood pressure, and to educate people about how to prevent or control high blood pressure.


About one in three American adults has high blood pressure. 

Why is this so significant? 

High blood pressure is called the “silent killer.” You usually don’t feel any differently when you have high blood pressure. It can cause damage to your heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and eyes, and you won’t even know it.

Take steps now to know your blood pressure numbers and get your blood pressure under control. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • High blood pressure contributes to 1,000 deaths a day in the U.S.
  • People with high blood pressure are 4x more likely to die from a stroke, and 3x more likely to die from heart disease.
  • 69% of people who have a first heart attack have high blood pressure
  • 77% of people who have a first stroke have high blood pressure
  • Only 47% of people with high blood pressure have it under control
  • African-Americans develop high blood pressure more often, and at an earlier age, than others
 

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Do you know where you stand? 

If not, get your blood pressure checked, and do so regularly.

The good news is that you can take the following steps to lower and maintain a healthy blood pressure:

  • Get your blood pressure checked regularly
  • See a doctor if your blood pressure is high, and take any medicine like the doctor tells you
  • Get regular exercise
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit salt intake
  • Don’t smoke, and stop smoking if you do
  • Maintain a healthy weight

High Blood Pressure Resources


If you have questions about high blood pressure, or want more information on how to control it, email us at healthypressure@umm.edu