How To Dramatically Reduce Your Risk of Stroke

If you have hypertension (high blood pressure), you have one of the most prevalent disorders in the United States. About 20 percent of people with hypertension don't even know they have it. That's because hypertension is a "silent disease" and usually gives few or no warning signs before it erupts with major complications such as a stroke.

Avoiding hypertension or detecting it early can dramatically reduce your risk of stroke, heart attack and kidney disease. Fortunately, in most cases, the condition can be easily detected and is usually controlled with a combination of diet, exercise and medication.

The 2018 Hypertension and Stroke White Paper provides you with valuable insights on managing hypertension and preventing stroke.

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The 2018 Hypertension and Stroke White Paper

Your Annual Guide to Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment

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Get the Latest Information on How You Can Lower Your
High Blood Pressure and Prevent Stroke

The 2018 Hypertension and Stroke White Paper has just been released and is designed to help you ensure the best outcome.

Introducing Your Hypertension and Stroke Experts

Roger S. Blumenthal, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A, is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology, and the inaugural Kenneth Jay Pollin Professor of Cardiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His principal clinical and research interests involve the optimal management of ischemic heart disease, noninvasive detection of coronary atherosclerosis, and strategies to determine who is at high and very low risk of cardiovascular disease.

He is on the national spokesperson panel for the American Heart Association. An accomplished writer, Dr. Blumenthal has co-authored more than 500 original research articles, state-of-the-art reviews, and editorials dealing with many aspects of cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis management. Dr. Blumenthal is on the editorial board of Circulation, Cardiology Today, the American Heart Journal, and the American College of Cardiology Extended Learning Center (ACCEL). He is the co-editor-in-chief of the textbook Preventive Cardiology: A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease and the 2015 ASPC Manual of Preventive Cardiology. He was chair of the American College of Cardiology Committee on Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease for four years.

Dr. Blumenthal serves as co-chair of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Committee that is in charge of updating the Prevention Guidelines. The new blood pressure management guidelines were published in 2017, and the revised cholesterol management, lifestyle, and risk assessment guidelines should be completed in 2018.

Rafael H. Llinas, M.D., F.A.H.A., F.A.A.N,is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He also serves as Director of the Johns Hopkins Neurology Residency and is a member of the Johns Hopkins Acute Stroke Team.

Dr. Llinas received his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and his M.D. from the New York University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in neurology at the Harvard Longwood Program based at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He also completed a two-year fellowship in cerebrovascular medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Llinas is a member of the American Heart Association Stroke Division and the Maryland Stroke Task Force. His research interests include neurosonology, diffusion/perfusion imaging, the use of neuroprotective agents, and secondary stroke prevention. He has published articles in Stroke, Neurology, The New England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Neuroradiology, the Journal of Cerebrovascular Disease and the Annals of Neurology.

Drawing on the latest clinical studies and research findings, our experts explain:

  • How to manage your high blood pressure.
  • When is the best time to take your blood pressure medication? Get advice on how to have a discussion with your doctor about getting the most out of your medication.
  • A quick online search yields no shortage of natural cures for chronic conditions, from herbal medicines to homeopathic treatments. But take heed: These readily available remedies can be dangerous, especially when combined with prescription drugs. What OTC products should you avoid if you have hypertension? Be informed because self-medicating can pose serious risks to your health.
  • Growing evidence demonstrates that sleep apnea can increase the risk of high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke, and irregular heart rhythms such as atrial fibrillation. Find out how you can protect against the cardiovascular effects of sleep apnea.
  • Make sure you stay up to date. Guidelines issued in late 2017 by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) established new categories for blood pressure readings, lowering the threshold for a diagnosis of hypertension.
  • Treating high blood pressure in older adults. To lower or not to lower has always been the question about elevated blood pressure. Recently the answer has grown more complicated—and controversial. Dueling treatment guidelines issued recently have stirred debate among doctors and may end up causing confusion among patients. Included in the 2018 White Paper is what you should know about the benefits of blood pressure control, and what you and your doctor can consider when making treatment choices.
  • What to expect after a stroke. What's involved on the road to recovery?
  • Learn how the body regulates blood pressure.
  • It’s important for both you and your doctor to have accurate measurements of your blood pressure. Included in this year's edition of the White Paper is information about the devices used and the processes involved in measuring blood pressure, both in your doctor’s office and at home.
  • It’s no surprise that blood pressure responds to salt (sodium chloride) intake. For more than a century, it has been understood that there is a relationship between salt intake and blood pressure. Now, experts know that blood pressure in some people rises anywhere from moderately to dramatically with an intake of excess salt. This condition is known as salt sensitivity, and it can affect people with or without high blood pressure. Research has shown that salt sensitivity is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular events and may be as dangerous for your heart as high blood pressure, even if your resting blood pressure is normal. Find out what you can do.
  • Get answers to real patient questions like this one: "I take medication to lower my blood pressure, which is now under control. Is my risk for heart attack and stroke as low as if I’d never had hypertension?"
  • Like a heart attack, a stroke is an emergency that requires immediate medical attention. Getting to the hospital as soon as symptoms start is essential; prompt diagnosis and treatment are key to improving the outcome. Responding quickly to a transient ischemic attack (TIA) also is crucial—even if symptoms subside—since about one-third of TIAs go on to become full-blown strokes. Included in the White Paper is the list of possible symptoms of a stroke or TIA, as well as the appropriate actions to take.
  • Learn the two basic types of stroke, what the risk factors are for a stroke including changeable and unchangeable risk factors.
  • Many people who are at high risk of stroke due to atrial fibrillation either don’t get the right stroke-preventing medication or they don’t take their drugs as prescribed. New studies suggest this lack of preventive treatment further increases the chance of a disabling or deadly stroke. If you have atrial fibrillation or another medical issue that increases your risk of stroke, find out how you can lower your risk.
  • Chart of commonly used drugs for lowering blood pressure updated for 2018, includes precautions, most common side effects, typical daily dosages, how to take, and when to call your doctor.
  • Chart of antiplatelet and anticoagulant drugs for preventing ischemic strokes updated for 2018.
  • How to recognize a stroke or transient ischemic attack.
  • A recent study got a lot of diet beverage drinkers worried. Find out why.
  • New research has found that alcohol abuse increases the risk for atrial fibrillation, heart attack, and heart failure at least as much as already established cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. If you do drink alcohol, learn more about the risks and benefits of alcohol consumption.
  • Get answers to real patient questions like this one: "I have been on a statin for three months following a stroke, and my doctor would like me to continue for several more months. Is this a good idea?"
  • Time is of the essence when someone is having a stroke. FAST is an acronym designed to remind people that getting to the hospital as soon as possible is critical. Learn how it works and what to watch for.

...and much more.

PLUS, we've updated our popular new feature in the 2018 Hypertension and Stroke White Paper. "Ask the Doctor" provides expert answers to patients' questions. These may be the questions on your mind now as you look for the best treatment for your high blood pressure. Plus, you'll find out about the latest thinking on whether or not strokes are hereditary and how much exercise you need to reduce the risk of stroke.

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