Overview/Description
High blood pressure is epidemic in America. Nearly one in three people in this country has high blood pressure (hypertension), which is a major risk factor for stroke and heart disease. This course instructs your team how to improve health outcomes by helping individuals find care and supporting self-management plans. By learning these essential strategies, your team can change life for the individuals in your community.

Target Audience
Health professionals with basic computer literacy.

Type of Course
Online self-guided course

Expected Duration
3 hours

Lesson Objectives

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

  • Define hypertension and prehypertension.
  • Recognize the prevalence of hypertension in the United States and its associated social and financial costs.
  • Identify causes of hypertension.
  • Understand what blood pressure readings are and how blood pressure is measured.
  • Define guidelines for treatment, prevention, and control of hypertension.
  • Recognize high-risk populations and risks of heart disease and stroke.
  • Understand barriers to care and adherence to treatment.
  • Recognize lifestyle changes that improve blood pressure control.
  • Recognize DASH diet.
  • Research resources that support lifestyle changes.
  • Research community resources that help detect and control blood pressure.

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