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Know Your Blood Pressure Numbers

Chances are good that you or someone you know has high blood pressure, also known as Hypertension and nicknamed “the silent killer.”One in three adults has high blood pressure, but 71 percent do not have it under control. The lifetime risk of developing hypertension is 90 percent. Hypertension was recently classified by the Centers for Disease Control as the most neglected disease because of lack of symptoms and awareness.The normal blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg. Hypertension signifies that there is intense pounding of blood against your arteries that can lead to heart attack, kidney failure, stroke, aneurysms and blindness.Make simple lifestyle changes which include a healthy diet, low salt intake, weight reduction and regular exercise. Quit smoking and drink alcohol in moderation. Compliance to your prescribed medications is absolutely necessary.Know your numbers. It can save your life.