Blood Pressure Risks And Prevention Strategies

. March 31, 2018.
bp3

High blood pressure’s impact and new criteria for a designation of the condition are examined in Life Extension magazine’s March 2018 issue. Not so many years ago a systolic (the top number) blood pressure of 140-150 mmHg was considered normal. At that time, as well, it was common for people to die due to heart attack, stroke or kidney failure. In recent years death rates for those conditions have fallen, in part, due to the medical community’s embracing the need to manage blood pressure at lower readings.

New guidelines

In November 2017, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology issued new blood pressure guidelines indicating that normal systolic blood pressure should be under 120mmHG— a departure from the less stringent guidelines that had been observed.

Behind the new guideline was a 2015 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine which observed over 9000 individuals with a systolic reading of 130mmHg or higher, placing them in one of two treatment programs:
Treating the patient to keep the blood pressure at 120mmHg or lower.
Treating the patient to keep the blood pressure below 140mmHg.

bp1After just over three years of following these patients, it was discovered that the risks of death and disease was greatly reduced in the patients whose blood pressure was targeted at 120mmHg. Patients in the 120mmHg group had a 43 percent lower risk of cardiovascular death, a 27 percent lower overall death rate and a 38 percent lower risk of heart failure than those in the 140mmHg group.

The study demonstrates that high systolic blood pressure (above bp2120mmHg) is a significant health problem. Fortunately, actions can be taken to lower that critical number. A good place to start: measure your own blood pressure at home using a good quality monitor, allowing you to determine the impact of behaviors on your blood pressure readings.

Trending

2019 Reader’s Choice—Recreation

Sports Team WINNER: Toledo Mud Hens hensvilletoledo.com RUNNER-UP: Toledo Walleye toledowalleye.com Golf Course WINNER: Heather Downs Country Club 3910 Heatherdowns Blvd., 419-385-0248. heatherdowns.com RUNNER-UP: Ottawa Park Golf Course ottowapark.org Golf Pro WINNER: Fred Altvater 6062 Wood Dr., Waterville. 419-344-3062. toledoohiogolflessons.com RUNNER-UP: Dan Sutton Heather Downs Country Club heatherdowns.com Bowling Alley WINNER: Timbers Bowling Center 1246

Whitehouse Meadows Subdivision: Affordable And Comfortable Country Living

Whitehouse Meadows, a new, in-town subdivision, offers affordable country living. Located only a half mile from downtown Whitehouse, the subdivision includes private access to the Wabash Cannonball Hike & Bike Trail, where residents can enjoy a quick walk to town for dinner, ice cream, morning coffee and more. Residents can choose to live on a

2019 ML Reader’s Choice—Food & Drinks

Best place to meet for cocktails WINNER: Te’kela Mexican Cocina y Cantina 5147 S. Main St., Sylvania. 419-517-0233. 25481 N Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg. 419-874-8800. tekelacocina.com RUNNER-UP: Mancy’s Italian Grill facebook.com/mancysitaliangrill Early Bird Specials WINNER: Mayberry Diner Various locations. mayberrydiners.com RUNNER-UP: The Mango Tree mangotreedining.com Breakfast/Lunch Restaurant WINNER: Schmucker’s 2103 N. Reynolds Rd., 419-535-9116. schmuckersrestaurant.com RUNNER-UP:

2019 ML Reader’s Choice—Personalities

Television Station WINNER: 13abc 13abc.com RUNNER-UP: WTOL 11 wtol.com Radio Personality WINNER: Gary Shores K100 Country / WKKO-FM / Cumulus Media, 3225 Arlington Ave., 419-240-1000. k100country.com RUNNER-UP: Denny Schaffer 93.5 WRQN. 935wrqn.com Radio Station WINNER: K100 Country 3225 Arlington Ave., 419-240-1000. k100country.com RUNNER-UP: 1370 WSPD wspd.iheart.com Politician WINNER: Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH9) RUNNER-UP: Mayor Wade