According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), hypertension affects approximately one in three Americans.  Research studies have shown that people with normal blood pressure readings between the ages of 55 and 65 still have an 80-90% risk of developing hypertension by the age of 80.  With patients living longer, blood pressure should be monitored and recorded on a regular basis in the dental practice.  The information in this course teaches the dental professional to be aware of the causes of hypertension and how to determine and assess identifiable causes.  This course provides you with the appropriate method of taking a blood pressure and how to determine the recommendations for follow-up and lifestyle modifications for patient treatment.