Nearly one in three adults in our nation has high blood pressure and more than half do not have it under control, according to a new report.
The Center for Disease Control says millions are aware of their condition and aren't getting treated with medicine or some don't even know they have it.
One area doctor says medicine can be expensive, but there are other ways to lower high blood pressure.
"The lifestyle changes... weight loss and exercise are an excellent method of controlling high blood pressure. Focus on the small steps and celebrate the small victories. There is talk of a set point that if you lose five pounds although it may not sound like a lot. That may control the blood pressure significantly," said Dr. William A. Jorgensen from St. Elizabeth's Medical Center.
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke and is the leading cause of death in the U.S.