Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Incidence of High Blood Pressure Increases in American Women

MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- "Uncontrolled hypertension rates are on the increase among American women, and the prevalence of this major risk factor for heart disease and stroke among American men is still not as low as it should be, a new survey shows"

"The incidence of uncontrolled high blood pressure had been declining steadily for decades into the 1990s, the researchers found. The decline has continued for American men, with the rate dropping from 19 percent to 17 percent in the early 2000s. But the incidence among American women increased from 17 percent to more than 22 percent during that same period."

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It's important that all American adults know their blood pressure and seek medical advice if it's high- consistently over 140/90 mm Hg. Did you know that a systolic blood pressure between 120-139 and diastolic between 80-89 is called prehypertensive? If you are consistently in that range, you may be able to obtain the safer range of below 120/80 through a program of regular exercise, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and less salt.

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