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REDUCING YOUR RISK OF CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE: HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE – BLOOD PRESSURE CLASSIFICATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Systolic (top number)Less than 130 mm Hg: normal blood pressure; recheck within 2 years130 to 139 mm Hg: high normal; recheck within 1 year140 to 159 mm Hg: mild hypertension*; confirm within 2 months160 to 179 mm Hg: moderate hypertension*; see doctor within 1 month180 to 209 mm Hg: severe hypertension; see doctor within 1 week210 mm Hg or higher: very severe hypertension; see doctor immediatelyDiastolic (bottom number)Less than 85 mm Hg: normal blood pressure; recheck within 2 years85 to 89 mm Hg: high-normal blood pressure; recheck within 1 year90 to 99 mm Hg: mild hypertension; confirm within 2 months100 to 109 mm Hg: moderate hypertension; see doctor within 1 month110 to 119 mm Hg: severe hypertension; see doctor within 1 week120 mm Hg or higher: very severe hypertension; see doctor immediately* Isolated systolic hypertension is defined as a normal diastolic blood pressure of less than 90 mm Hg but an elevated systolic blood pressure of 140 mm Hg or more. It often occurs in elderly people.This information is based on the 1993 Report of the Joint National Committee on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure.*253\252\8*

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WHY IS HIGH BLOOD PRESS BAD FOR YOU?

Saturday, January 8th, 2011
Many studies clearly demonstrated a direct relationship between high blood pressure stroke, heart disease, and renal (kidney) failure. People with uncontrolled high blood pressure are about t times more likely to have coronary artery disease, six times more likely to have congestive heart failure, seven times more likely to have a stroke than people with control high blood pressure.
Treatment of high blood press can markedly decrease these risks. L treated or inadequately treated hypertension has detrimental effects on your heart, arteries, brain, and kidney. These are explained below.
Heart.   High blood pressure force the heart to work harder than normal. Blood pressure is like a weight or load that the heart muscle must lift. Like an muscle, your heart gets larger with heavy weight lifting. Eventually, however, the heart’s pumping efficiency decreases when the muscle can no longer continue to adapt to the excessive work load. If this occurs, the heart muscle may weaken, and congestive heart failure develops.
Arteries. High blood pressure also seems to accelerate the development of atherosclerosis in your arteries and arterioles as you ages increasing the chances of stroke or heart attack. High blood pressure can also lead to an aneurysm, or bulge, in an artery.
Brain. Your chances of having a stroke (see page 100) are also increased if you have high blood pressure. A stroke is a form of brain injury caused by a blocked or ruptured blood vessel in the brain.
Kidneys. Mild, untreated high blood pressure caused the kidney damage in about 25 percent of the people who are now undergoing kidney dialysis. Early and adequate treatment of high blood pressure can prevent or delay the need for kidney dialysis or transplantation in some people.
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WHY IS HIGH BLOOD PRESS BAD FOR YOU?  Many studies clearly demonstrated a direct relationship between high blood pressure stroke, heart disease, and renal (kidney) failure. People with uncontrolled high blood pressure are about t times more likely to have coronary artery disease, six times more likely to have congestive heart failure, seven times more likely to have a stroke than people with control high blood pressure.Treatment of high blood press can markedly decrease these risks. L treated or inadequately treated hypertension has detrimental effects on your heart, arteries, brain, and kidney. These are explained below.Heart.   High blood pressure force the heart to work harder than normal. Blood pressure is like a weight or load that the heart muscle must lift. Like an muscle, your heart gets larger with heavy weight lifting. Eventually, however, the heart’s pumping efficiency decreases when the muscle can no longer continue to adapt to the excessive work load. If this occurs, the heart muscle may weaken, and congestive heart failure develops.Arteries. High blood pressure also seems to accelerate the development of atherosclerosis in your arteries and arterioles as you ages increasing the chances of stroke or heart attack. High blood pressure can also lead to an aneurysm, or bulge, in an artery. Brain. Your chances of having a stroke (see page 100) are also increased if you have high blood pressure. A stroke is a form of brain injury caused by a blocked or ruptured blood vessel in the brain.Kidneys. Mild, untreated high blood pressure caused the kidney damage in about 25 percent of the people who are now undergoing kidney dialysis. Early and adequate treatment of high blood pressure can prevent or delay the need for kidney dialysis or transplantation in some people.*259\252\8*

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