As part of a month-long series devoted to heart health and in recognition of American Heart Month, Virginia Commonwealth University hosted a Twitter chat about hypertension with Debra J. Barksdale, Ph.D., professor and associate dean of academic programs in the School of Nursing.

During her Twitter chat, she discussed ways to prevent hypertension, treatment for the disease and more. Hypertension is a long-term medical condition in which blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated. The disease usually does not cause symptoms initially, but if left untreated it can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, which are the first and third most common causes of death in the U.S. Hypertension can also cause damage to the kidneys and increase risk of blindness and dementia. It is often referred to as a silent killer because of its lack of signs and symptoms.

VCU hosts Twitter chats with medical experts on a variety of topics. Stay engaged with the conversation by following @VCUHealth on Twitter and searching for the hashtag #VCUHealthChat.

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