About 33% of Americans over age 20 have high blood pressure and over 5 million Americans have heart failure. Of those diagnosed with heart failure, roughly 70% also have high blood pressure. These conditions increase a patient’s risk for heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. Medication therapies continue to improve and manage the symptoms of these conditions – but there are many things we can do to control these diseases and improve our health. This morning we will talk about risk factors, symptoms and treatment of these conditions – but also about the changes we can make in our lives to improve our health. Today, Dr. Simonette Jones, non-invasive cardiologist joins us from Mercy Cardiovascular Institute to talk about cardiovascular health issues.