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Are You At Risk For High Blood Pressure?

Take Dr. Donnica's Decisionnaire ô. Check off all the points that apply to you. Even if you don't have high blood pressure yet, pay particular attention to the factors which are under your control. With respect to preventing high blood pressure and heart disease, small changes in behavior often yield big reductions in risk.

___   Do you smoke?
___   Do you have a family history of high blood pressure?
___   Are you African American?
___   Are you over age 50?
___   Are you post menopausal?
___   Do you take birth control pills, decongestants, diet pills, or steroids?
___   Are you on estrogen replacement therapy?
___   Are you overweight?
___   Is your cholesterol elevated?
___   Do you have diabetes?
___   Do you feel like you have a stressful daily life?
___   Are you a couch potato or otherwise have a sedentary lifestyle?
___   Do you get at least 20 minutes of aerobic exercise (i.e. exercise that gets your heart rate up) four times per week?
___   Did you have high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia or "toxemia" in any of your pregnancies?
___   Do you have-or have you ever had-kidney disease?
___   Do you have a high salt/high fat diet? (check yes for this if you eat at fast food restaurants more than once per week)

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Created: 9/22/2000  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.



 Even if you donít have high blood pressure yet, pay particular attention to the factors which are under your control. 


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