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May is Blood Pressure Awareness Month
Did you know that more than one out of every 10 Americans has high blood pressure? Many of those who have high blood pressure do not know it. This is a uniquely silent disease. There are no symptoms until it is too late; the catastrophe of a heart attack or stroke is all too often the first indication of a problem.
High blood pressure (hypertension) can be treated effectively with early detection. Many patients are able to monitor their own blood pressure at home. Multiple readings are best because at least one-third of the people whose first reading is high will be found to have normal readings on subsequent checks.
The blood pressure is read by using two numbers. The higher number is called the systolic pressure, and the lower digit is diastolic pressure. Blood pressure is considered to be high if the systolic number exceeds 140 or the diastolic number exceeds 90.
“Normal” blood pressure is said to be 120 over 80. Generally, the lower the blood pressure, the better. Low readings are usually found in children and in those who are in excellent physical condition.
Information is provided by St. Anthony Hospital and www.