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Blood Pressure & You: NewsChannel 9 and AHA discuss how new guidelines could impact you

Millions of Americans can now be diagnosed with high blood pressure and hypertension even if they had normal blood pressure yesterday. (Image: Jen Rynda / CC BY 2.0)

Millions of Americans can now be diagnosed with high blood pressure and hypertension even if they had normal blood pressure yesterday.

On Monday, 11 health organizations lowered the threshold for what is considered high blood pressure.

We spoke with Twila Lane from the American Heart Association about how the new threshold could impact you and your family.

High blood pressure can seriously impact your health by causing a stroke, heart disease or even kidney disease.

But the American Heart Association has tips for how you can lower your blood pressure to reduce the risk of those diseases.

  • Eating a well balanced, low-salt diet while limiting your alcohol intake is a good way to lower your blood pressure.
  • You can also participate in regular physical activity and try maintain a healthy weight.
  • If your doctor has already prescribed medicine, make sure to take the medications properly.


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