Nearly half of Americans at risk for high blood pressure due to new guidelines
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Nearly half of Americans at risk for high blood pressure due to new guidelines

October 13, 2019


MASCIADRELLI, 22NEWS. ASHLEY: HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE IS 100 PERCENT PREVENTABLE, YET IT’S OFTEN CAUGHT TOO LATE. 22NEWS ANCHOR KAIT WALSH EXPLAINS WHAT NEW GUIDELINES COULD MEAN FOR YOU. IT’S KNOWN AS THE SILENT KILLER. DR.HEBA WASSIF: “NO SYMPTOMS UNTIL THEY PRESENT WITH AN EVENT.” HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, LEFT UNTREATED, CAN CAUSE HEART ATTACK, STROKE, OR DEATH. AND NOW, THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HAS LOWERED WHAT IT CONSIDERS TO BE “HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE” FROM 140 OVER 90 TO 130 OVER 80. THAT MEANS NEARLY HALF OF AMERICAN ADULTS ARE AT RISK OF HYPERTENSION – A STATISTIC THAT’S SURPRISING MANY PEOPLE. JIM DENNO CHICOPEE: “MY BLOOD PRESSURE WENT UP.” KIDDING ASIDE – CARDIOLOGISTS HOPE THIS NEW GUIDELINE WILL HELP PEOPLE WORK TO LOWER THEIR BLOOD PRESSURE BELOW 130, AND IDEALLY BELOW 120. ONE BAYSTATE MEDICAL CENTER CARDIOLOGIST SAID THIS DOESN’T MEAN MORE PEOPLE WILL BE PRESCRIBED MEDICATION – THEY’LL HAVE THE CHANCE TO MAKE LIFESTYLE CHANGES FIRST. DR. WASSIF:”WE SHOULD BE SCREENING A BIT EARLIER THAN WE DO AND IT AFFECTS ALL AGES AND ALL RACES. EVERYBODY IS PRONE TO HYPERTENSION.” KAIT: “THERE ARE SOME WAYS TO TRY LOWERING YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE WITHOUT RESORTING TO TAKING A PILL EVERY DAY. SOME OF THOSE ARE LOSING WEIGHT, QUITTING SMOKING, AND REDUCING ANY EXTRA STRESS IN YOUR LIFE.” FRANK LUDWIG, CHICOPEE: “I EXERCISE A LOT AND I NOTICE AFTER EXERCISING, YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE GOES DOWN. BUT I THINK A LOT OF IT IS HERIDITARY, THERE’S JUST SOME THINGS YOU CAN’T DO, BUT SOME THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T DO.” CARDIOLOGISTS ALSO SUGGEST EATING MORE FOODS HIGH IN POTASSIUM – AND

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