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Have Questions about High Blood Pressure? Chat with HAP!

Featured expert, Dr. Jerry Yee, will bust high blood pressure myths on February 9

DETROIT – Feb. 6, 2012 – "High blood pressure runs in my family, so there's nothing I can do to avoid getting it... If I had high blood pressure, I would feel it... My blood pressure is under control, so it's okay to stop taking my medication."

In honor of National Heart Month, Health Alliance Plan (HAP) will bust these and other myths as part of its ongoing "HAP Busts Health Myths" series on Thursday, February 9 from noon to 1:00 p.m., EST. During a one-hour Facebook chat, Jerry Yee, MD, Division Head, Nephrology and Hypertension at Henry Ford Hospital will answer questions and set the record straight on common myths about one of the nation's most pervasive health conditions.

One out of three adults in the United States has hypertension (high blood pressure), according to the National Center for Health Statistics. High blood pressure makes the heart work harder, which can damage the blood vessels, heart, and kidneys and lead to heart attack, stroke and other serious problems. Called a "silent killer,'' high blood pressure does not usually cause symptoms while it is causing this damage. The good news is, high blood pressure can be controlled.

HAP's CareTrack™ program supports members who have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and other chronic conditions. HAP's specially trained nurse health coaches work with a team of physicians, pharmacists and behavioral health specialists to help members understand and manage their condition. The program has received national and regional honors, including a national 2011 Case in Point Platinum Award and a 2008 Innovations in Health Care Award from the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

To participate in the chat, "like" CareTrack™ at facebook.com/caretrack Link Opens in a New Window. The live chat will take place on the "Wall" beginning at noon on February 9.

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