It's well known that having high blood pressure increases your chances of heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, and other serious health problems.
Normal blood pressure for an adult is 120/80 or lower. The first number (120) is the pressure the heart uses to push blood through your arteries. The second number (80) is the pressure between beats when the heart is at rest.National Institute of Health (NIH) sponsored research has provided evidence that the definition of high blood pressure should be changed. Prior to the guideline being changed in November, 2017, high blood pressure WCLS previously determined as 140/90 and above.
However, high blood pressure is now defined as 130/80 or higher.
If your doctor determines you have high blood pressure, changes to your diet and increased physical activity may initially be recommended. If the lifestyle changes don't work, medication may be prescribed.
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