Steps to Better Heart Health for People with Sickle Cell Disease

People with sickle cell disease (SCD) are at greater risk than the general population for high blood pressure. High blood pressure often increases the workload of the heart and blood vessels, which can cause complications. Share your medical history with your healthcare team so it can properly identify and treat any complications of SCD you currently have or may develop. Your healthcare team may include your primary care provider, SCD provider, and any other healthcare specialists.  Below are steps you can take for better heart health.

High Blood Pressure

Know your numbers.  Ask your provider about your blood pressure reading at each visit. Keep track of this information and talk to your provider if your blood pressure reading is above 120/80 mm Hg.

If your blood pressure is higher than 120/80 mm Hg, your provider will likely prescribe blood pressure medicine to lower your risk for complications. Learn more about safe use of medicines »

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If you have high blood pressure, you can help lower it by doing the following:

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This information is based on ASH SCD Guidelines: Cardiopulmonary and Kidney Diseaseexternal icon.