Friday, March 27, 2015

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Heart disease is still the #1 killer in America and high blood pressure is a big part of that. Do you know what your blood pressure reading is? Do you know what it should be? Would you believe that over half of Americans aged 60 and older have high blood pressure? It is easy to get your blood pressure checked. Local pharmacies often have free blood pressure check machines that are helpful but most doctor offices will check your blood pressure for free or a minimal fee. The American Heart Association says the average person should have a normal blood pressure reading of below 120/80. Prehypertension is a reading of 120-139/80-89, Hypertension is a reading of 140-179/90-109 and Crisis Stage is a reading of 180+/110+. There are many good medications to help control blood pressure and diet and exercise work wonders. If you don't know your reading, find out what it is. Your doctor is your best source for information regarding your blood pressure reading.


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