Learning About Blood Pressure

Learning About Blood Pressure


So, we just talked about the healthy hub
and how it provides a place for everyone to get those healthy numbers check. Let’s
talk more doctor about those numbers and why they’re important so first we have
blood pressure that is really imperative to get it— Even if you have low blood
pressure, right?>Yeah, I mean but the high blood pressure has been described as the
silent killer you don’t really know what your blood
pressure is and they actually unless you actually go check it and what we’ve come
to learn over the last couple of decades as America is unfortunately gotten
fatter than ever, but with increasing weight, more salt in our diet, more sugar
in our diet or the general blood pressure within the population has gone
up and it’s now estimated that up to one in two adult Americans have above ideal
blood pressure that doesn’t mean that everyone needs medicine for that
certainly lifestyle weight loss reduction in salt dietary factors can
impact it but most recently in the end of last year the join national
commission on high blood pressure which is a part of NIH lowered the blood
pressure guidelines to say that any blood pressure above 130/80 would
be considered abnormal and they did that for two reasons for people under the age
of 50 they wanted to highlight the fact that where it had been 140 over 90 you
now have a decade a half a decade five to ten years of time to have lifestyle
changes around things that may reduce your blood pressure because by waiting
till you get to 140/90 we as cardiologists and internist began
to see end-organ problems in the kidneys and the blood vessels in the eyes and in
the heart and thereby we thought we were waiting too long in the older population
we just know that even though your blood pressure gets goes up as you get older
that by lowering it we can dramatically reduce heart attacks strokes and death
so as a result of that the guidelines we’re lowered to 130/80.

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