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The Silent Killer

High blood pressure is a common condition that affects the body's arteries. It's also called hypertension. If you have high blood pressure, the force of the blood pushing against the artery walls is consistently too high. The heart has to work harder to pump blood.

Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). In general, hypertension is a blood pressure reading of 130/80mmHg or higher. It was formerly 140/90mmHg. Normal blood pressure. Blood pressure is 120/80 mm Hg or lower.

  • Elevated blood pressure. The top number ranges from 120 to 129 mm Hg and the bottom number are below, not above, 80 mm Hg.
  • Stage 1 hypertension. The top number ranges from 130 to 139 mm Hg or the bottom number is between 80 and 89mmHg.
  • Stage 2 hypertension. The top number is 140 mm Hg or higher or the bottom number is 90 mm Hg or higher.

Blood pressure higher than 180/120 mm Hg is considered a hypertensive emergency or crisis. Seek emergency medical help for anyone with these blood pressure numbers.

Untreated, high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and other serious health problems. It's important to have your blood pressure checked at least every two years starting at age 18. Some people need more-frequent checks.

Practice the following healthy living habits:

  • Eat a healthy diet choose healthy meal and snack options over junks.
  • Keep yourself at a healthy weight.
  • Be physically active
  • Do not smoke
  • Limit how much alcohol you drink, if you must, Redwine is good for the heart.
  • Get Enough Sleep: That's the nature's way of putting our body in an auto reset mode.

One thought on “The Silent Killer

  1. Well spelt out… But does Sodium and Family history have any contribution to the HBP disease?

    Also, where these states solutions are not effective, what’s the next step?

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