High blood pressure: the silent killer

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Hypertension, more commonly known as “high blood pressure,” has been called “the silent killer” because many people do not realize that their blood pressure is high until it causes a heart attack or stroke. Roughly 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure. To learn about high blood pressure, Dr. Jay Butler welcomes Alaska internal medicine specialist Dr. Julie McCormick for a discussion of high blood pressure—why it is important and what you and your health care provider can do about it.

  • Dr. Julie McCormick, internal medicine specialist
  • The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association issued comprehensive updated guidelines on diagnosis and management of hypertension in 2017.
  • The American Heart Association also provides 5 specific ways that you can bring high blood pressure under control.
  • Dietary sodium is thought to be a major contributor to high blood pressure. David Jackson, host of PBS’s Food Over 50, provides culinary advice for preparing delicious low sodium meals in an episode entitled “The Salt Show: Sodium vs. Hypertension.”
  • This video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights some of the challenges with high blood pressure medication for the elderly and the importance of taking these medications as prescribed.


  • Call 550-8433 (Anchorage) or 1-888-353-5752 (statewide) during the live broadcast (10:00 – 11:00am)
  • Send email to lineone@alaskapublic.org before, during or after the live broadcast (e-mails may be read on air)
  • Post your comment or question below (comments may be read on air)

LIVE BROADCAST: Wednesday, January 9nd, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. AKDT
REPEAT BROADCAST: Wednesday, January 9nd, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. AKDT


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