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When was the last time you had your blood pressure checked?

If you are suffering from undiagnosed hypertension chances are that you are not experiencing any symptoms, this is why high blood pressure is called 'the silent killer'. If left untreated high blood pressure can damage your blood vessels, your kidneys, cause heart failure and strokes.

Blood pressure is best defined as the measurement of force that the blood is applying to the arterial walls. The blood is pumped outside of the heart through muscle contractions, this number is called the systolic blood pressure. It is also important to measure the number in between heart contractions, better known as diastolic pressure. As most people are likely familiar, a good reading should be around 120/80 mmHg, with 120 being the systolic pressure and the 80 representing the diastolic.

According to the Center for Disease and Prevention one of every three Americans suffers from hypertension. In order to reduce your risk of suffering from high blood pressure, see your doctor regularly, maintain a healthy weight, adapt healthy methods of managing stress, avoid smoking and stay physically active, Some people are genetically predisposed to suffer from high blood pressure, but this should not be a deterrent to put preventive actions into practice.

Courtesy of: Online Health Wiki Website


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