Monday, January 18, 2010

Watch that blood pressure

If you've read this blog before, high blood pressure is not new news.

It's a key, if not the key factor in stroke causes and stroke prevention. If you have high blood pressure, you're probably high risk for a stroke. Control it - with the the help of your doctor - and you risk could be reduced.

From a short article on WebMD:

People who have high blood pressure are 4 to 6 times more likely to have a stroke. Over time, hypertension leads to atherosclerosis and hardening of the large arteries. This, in turn, leads to blockage and weakening of the walls of small blood vessels in the brain, causing them to balloon and burst. The risk of stroke is directly related to how high the blood pressure is.

And check out this article, with good tips for those trying to control high blood pressure:

You don't always need prescription medications to lower your blood pressure. By making these 10 lifestyle changes, you can lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease.

But if needed, you've got to swallow those pills - get your doctor involved. And listen.

(Image from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

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