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One in three American adults has high blood pressure.  Once it develops, it usually lasts a lifetime and although it has no warning signs or symptoms, uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. But hypertension can be controlled. On 'Health Link' we examine the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of hypertension. Find out what lifestyle changes will help you lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk. 


Arif Asif, MD
Dr. Arif Asif is chief of nephrology and hypertension at Albany Medical Center.  Dr. Asif is an internationally recognized expert on interventional nephrology.

Shari Meola, RN, CNN
Shari Meola is the Clinical Services Coordinator for the Hortense & Louis Rubin Centers, Inc. 

Thomas C. Schumacher, DO
Dr. Thomas C. Schumacher has been with Capital District Renal Physicians since 1994. He currently serves as Medical Director of Capital District Dialysis Center and was Chairman of the Department of Nephrology at St. Clare’s Hospital.  He serves as a member of the Board of Director's and Medical Advisory Board for the National Kidney Foundation.

Related Resources:

American Heart Association

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Kidney Foundation, Inc.

National Institutes of Health:

  • High Blood Pressure  

  • High Blood Pressure and Kidney Disease 

Northeast Kidney Foundation, Inc.

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