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High blood pressure topic of next 'Arkansans Ask' June 15 on AETN

Posted 13 Jun 2017

'Arkansans Ask: High Blood Pressure' will air on the Arkansas Educational Television Network Thursday, June 15, at 7 p.m.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arkansas ranks first in the nation with highest heart attack mortality and fifth with highest stroke mortality. High blood pressure is a major contributing risk factor to both. Additionally, the 2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey found that 40 percent of Arkansans age 18 and older have hypertension.

Uncontrolled hypertension is the leading cause of coronary heart disease, heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure and kidney disease.

'A substantial number of deaths among Arkansans could be prevented if the blood pressure is controlled,' Dr. Appathurai Balamurugan, medical director and state chronic disease director, Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), said.

This episode of 'Arkansans Ask' will discuss various aspects of high blood pressure, including how to keep it under control, risk factors, prevention and intervention programs. Viewers may submit questions and comments during the live broadcast at 800-662-2386, or on Twitter with #ARAsk.

Panelists include: Balamurugan; Stacy Webb, RN, hypertension nurse coordinator, Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Branch, ADH; Christine Sasse, MS, RDN, LD, nutritionist consultant, Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Branch, ADH; ShaRhonda Love, director, Arkansas Minority Health Commission; and Nancy Grayson, senior director of multicultural initiatives, American Heart Association. Steve Barnes will host.

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