9 Myths about Blood Pressure

Separate Fact from Fiction

About one in three American adults has high blood pressure.   Having untreated high blood pressure can lead to serious health problems, including coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, and kidney failure. Do you have the facts about blood pressure? Check out the following slides to see if you have believed any myths.

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