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Heart Month Tip
Joe Piscatella posted:
Another marker you should know for heart health is your blood pressure. If you have hypertension, which is a reading of 140/90 or above, your risk of heart attack goes up by 186% and stroke by 262%.

If you have prehypertension, which means that your numbers are between 120/80 and 140/90, it ups your odds of having a heart attack by 76% and stroke by 93%.

What can you do to control blood pressure? Cut down on salt (most comes from processed foods and fast foods.) Increase foods high in potassium such as bananas. Manage your stress. Lose weight, if you need to. And work with your doctor. You may need medication to control blood pressure.
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Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
Great information!

Here's a link with information and tools to help manage blood pressure:

Hypertension and High Blood Pressure Health Center

Be sure to check out the additional resources section for more support!


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