Heart Health 8: Hypertension
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Heart Health 8: Hypertension

October 16, 2019


WE ARE TALKING ABOUT 60’S TO START NEXT WEEK. TRACY: IT IS SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS THE SILENT KILLER BECAUSE THERE ARE NO SYMPTOMS AND IT COULD BE DAMAGING YOUR BODY WITHOUT YOU EVEN KNOWING IT. IN THIS MONTH’S HEART HEATH 8, WE TAKE A LOOK AT HYPERTENSION, ALSO KNOWN AS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. HOW ARE YOU? WE WILL START WITH TAKING YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE CAN CAUSE A LOT OF PROBLEMS, MAKING YOUR HEART MUSCLE GET THICKER. IT CAN AFFECT YOUR KIDNEYS AND ALL OF THE BLOOD VESSELS IN YOUR BODY. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE IS A RISK FACTOR FOR HEART ATTACK AND STROKE. TRACY: DR. CHRISTINE BLAKE SAYS THE BIGGEST RISK FACTOR FOR HYPERTENSION IS GENETIC. SHE SAYS THERE ARE OTHER CONTRIBUTOR FACTORS. YOUR DIET, AMOUNT OF SALT. EXERCISE LEVEL. HOW ACTIVE YOU ARE STAYING IN GENERAL. KEEPING YOUR WEIGHT IN A NORMAL RANGE IS IMPORTANT. AS PEOPLE GAIN WEIGHT, BLOOD PRESSURE GOES UP. TRACY: WHAT IS CONSIDERED HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE? TO START TREATING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AT 140 ON THE TOP AND 90 ON THE BOTTOM. TRACY: THE IDEAL NUMBER IS 120 OVER 70. WHEN YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE IS NORMAL, IT REDUCES YOUR RISK OF STROKE AND HELPS TO IMPROVE YOUR VISION. STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT FOR PEOPLE OVER THE AGE OF 60, YOU CAN EXTEND YOUR LIFE EXPECTANCY BY ABOUT FIVE YEARS IF YOU KEPT YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE AT A NORMAL RANGE. TRACY: GOOD TO KNOW. DOCTORS ALSO SUGGEST YOU MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT, LIMIT ALCOHOL INTAKE, EXERCISE REGULARLY, AND EAT A HEALTHY DIET WHILE REDUCING YOUR SALT INTAKE.

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