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Essentials of Hypertension: How to Gain Control

Christine Lee, Pharm D
Guest Bio
Guest Bio: Christine Lee, Pharm D
Christine LeeBecause high blood pressure is so common—and so dangerous—Dr. Christine Lee recently added The Essentials of Hypertension to her health series. Dr. Lee has also written The Essentials of Asthma, The Essentials of Diabetes, and The Essentials of Insulin  for people who have insulin-dependent diabetes.

She also wrote The Essentials of Breast Cancer with Dr. Ernie Bodai, creator of the U.S. Postal Service breast cancer research stamp and director of the Breast Cancer Survivorship Clinic at Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento.

A doctor of pharmacy, Lee has been treating patients with chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure for the past two decades. While helping patients, Lee realized that people didn't understand the problems they faced or how to prevent long-term complications.

In 2010, she began writing books and producing DVDs through Optimal Life that use simple language, charts and animation to teach people about the body works and how to prevent and manage common diseases.

Lee also is the chief clinical officer of American Health Care, a Rocklin-based company that administers drug benefits to hospitals, schools, manufacturers, municipalities and even health plans.

Lee received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California, and her B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Nevada, Reno.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of the people in the U.S. have hypertension.

Unfortunately, half of the victims don't even know they have suffer and could run the risk of heart attack, stroke and other life-threatening emergencies.

Hypertension occurs when you have abnormally high blood pressure that causes your arteries to persistently have elevated blood pressure. You can have hypertension for many years without any symptoms, giving it the name the "Silent Killer."

However, there are some symptoms to watch out for if your blood pressure readings come back higher than normal.

For instance, if you're constantly feeling dizzy or get light headed when you stand up, if you're ankles are swollen, if you wake yourself up from snoring gasping for air or if you have chronic nosebleeds, you might be suffering from hypertension.

If you have high blood pressure, you need an action plan.

Talking to your physician about what your blood pressure should be for you to be your healthiest, making sure you know your blood pressure, measuring your medications, and losing some weight can all help you lower your blood pressure.

Dr. Christine Lee joins Dr. Mike to discuss the warning signs, foods that can raise blood pressure, and an action plan for making simple changes that can lower your blood pressure naturally.
  • Original Air Date Thursday, 27 March 2014
  • Book Title The Essentials of Hypertension
  • Host Michael Smith, MD

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