6 things you can do today to reduce your blood pressure.



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  • The American Heart Association just lowered the bar for
    ‘high blood pressure’ to 130/80.
  • This means nearly half of American adults
    have high blood pressure. 
  • There are a few simple things everyone can do to
    reduce their risk.

High blood pressure is a deadly problem in America.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that
1,000 US
deaths every day
include high blood pressure as a “primary or
contributing cause.” It’s a problem for heart attack victims,
stroke patients, kidney disease suffers and people with heart
failure. 

On Monday, the American Heart Association and American College of
Cardiology
lowered the bar
for what they consider “high blood pressure.”
Anyone with a reading of 130/80 or higher is now
officially in the danger zone. High blood pressure can be
tough to diagnose, because there aren’t clear warning signs
that you’ve exceeded the normal range (higher than 120/80),
other than a cuff reading. 

The AHA isn’t suggesting that people newly-diagnosed with high
blood pressure start popping more prescription pills. Instead,
they’re hoping the lower threshold will help warn more
people that they’re at risk for developing dangerous heart
conditions before it’s too late. 

The more efficiently your body pumps blood out from the
heart, the quicker it can supply your muscles with fresh
oxygen and nutrients.

When blood pressure is too high, it means that the body is
working in overdrive to push blood out through the arteries,
putting pressure on the artery walls.

The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your
arteries, the higher your blood pressure,” according to
the Mayo
Clinic
 

There are a lot of things working against heart health in
our modern, sedentary lifestyles, and age and genetics also play
a key role in high…

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