Controlling one's blood pressure has long been known to help reduce cardiovascular disease as well as other health concerns. It is subsequently vital to know one's blood pressure.
The American Heart Association recently changed the optimal parameters for blood pressure lowering numbers from from 140/90 to 120/80. Various changes to one's lifestyle might include lowering salt intake, increasing exercise, losing weight, quitting smoking, and relieving stress.This modification in the ideal blood pressure range means 46 percent of U.S. adults are identified as having high blood pressure, compared with 32 percent under the previous definition. A blood pressure of less than 120/80 still will be considered normal, but levels at or above that, to 129, will be called “elevated.”
Of particular concern, under these new guidelines;
1. High blood pressure rates could nearly triple among men age 20 to 44 – up to 30 percent from 11 percent. Women in that age group will see their rates almost double, to 19 percent from 10 percent.
2. Roughly three-quarters of men between 55 and 74 could be diagnosed with high blood pressure.
3. Black and Hispanic men will experience a 17 percent increase in rates. Asian men will see a 16 percent increase.
Remember to check your blood pressure regularly, reduce stress, eat healthy, and get plenty of exercise!
Dr. Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.