Stroke and High Blood Pressure
The American Heart Association explains how high blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a major risk factor for stroke and defines the different types of strokes.
About High Blood Pressure
What is hypertension or high blood pressure. High blood pressure, also known as HBP or hypertension, is a widely misunderstood medical condition. Some people think that those with hypertension are tense, nervous or hyperactive, but hypertension has nothing to do with personality traits. The truth is, you can be a calm, relaxed person and still have HBP.
Understand Your Risk for High Blood Pressure
The American Heart Association helps you understand your risk of high blood pressure, also called hypertension, by looking at family history, age, diet and poor nutrition like a high-sodium diet, obesity and lack of exercise, alcohol as well as stress, smoking and sleep apnea.
Nationwide, we invest over $132 million a year ($3.2 billion since 1949) in heart and stroke research that has led to recent breakthroughs such as clot-busting drugs and drug-eluting stents. Healthcare providers learn about medical advances and new treatment guidelines though our journals, conferences and online courses.
American Heart Association 2011-2012 Expenditures
Public Health Education: 39.1%
Professional Education & Training: 14.0%
Community Services: 5.1%
Management & General: 7.9%
American Heart Association Diversity Report
Attached is a copy of the American Heart Association’s 2009-2010 Annual Diversity Report. This report highlights our organization’s successes in the area of diversity with emphasis on cultural competence. The report focuses on our consumer initiatives as well as our internal initiatives. We have broadened the scope of this year’s report to showcase initiatives in each of the Affiliates. Also, we have identified key partnerships, sponsorships and strategic alliances that enhanced our efforts to reach common goals.
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