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Have you been told you have high blood pressure?

Have you been told you have high blood pressure?  If so, you are not alone.  Hypertension affects 1/3 of Americans.  High blood pressure is considered a “modifiable risk factor” for cardiovascular disease, stroke kidney failure and death.  Modifiable means that … Continue reading

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Initial management of high blood pressure

First off, you need to know YOUR blood pressure.  Get this done at any pharmacy or grocery store.  There are two blood pressure numbers.  Your blood pressure should be UNDER 135/ UNDER 85 (s Why is this so important? Hypertension is the MOST common chronic … Continue reading

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How many blood pressure readings are needed to accurately diagnose high blood pressure?

Answer:  Several.  The blood pressure measurements should be taken over time.  Your doctor will want the individual blood pressures, but may also average them to get your “true” blood pressure.  Use of a single blood pressure to determine whether blood … Continue reading

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Do you have high blood pressure OR swelling of your ankles? Getting too much salt?

Sodium.  A villain of sorts.  Are you one of the 90% of Americans who consume too much sodium?  10 food categories account for a great deal of our sodium intake, per the Centers for Disease Control. The top 10 culprits … Continue reading

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Are you young with high blood pressure?

A common belief is that high blood pressure is only important to people as they get older.  We each have an age in our head that we think that we are young (!) … and do not need medicine like … Continue reading

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Blood pressure, a “high score” is not good.

I wish high blood pressure caused pain.  Not much pain, just enough to compel patients to seek help and to be compliant with medication. Diagnosis: For children BP is checked on a chart by gender, age and height.  Childhood obesity is rampant, so I … Continue reading

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