Routine visits to the doctor’s office typically involve a single blood pressure measurement. For people with borderline hypertension, or high blood pressure, additional checks at the office are often necessary, in conjunction with having more checks done at home. How many exactly?
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Hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure, is widespread in the United States. It is approximated that one in every three adults in the United States suffers from high blood pressure, and for adults aged 65 or older, this number climbs to over 60 percent.
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Worldwide headlines read: “Aspirin no longer useful for stroke and heart attack prevention”
Source of this buzz was the new guidelines issued from a joint American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) guideline published in early March, 2019. The new guideline is meant solely for primary prevention. Anyone with known clinically significant atherosclerotic vascular disease (ASCVD) is excluded from this guideline as their care is categorized as “secondary prevention”. One may suppose that the only topic in the guideline was aspirin use for the primary prevention of heart attack and stroke. In fact, the recommendations involved other key topics that are summed up here in text and pictures. But first, let’s discuss aspirin.
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This just in, the Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2019 update from the American Heart Association reveals that:
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February is for lovers. February also reminds us to take care of our heart; it is American Heart Month.
The annual celebration started in 1963 to encourage Americans to join the battle against heart disease. A presidential proclamation pays tribute every year to researchers, physicians, public health professionals and volunteers for their tireless efforts in preventing, treating and researching heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for both men and women within the U.S.
Hospitals and health systems around the country celebrate American Heart Month by consigning to raise awareness in their communities regarding heart disease. Employees wear red and volunteers knit or crochet pint-size red hats for newborns. They hold free screenings and heart health awareness events.
It’s an excellent time to commit to a healthy life style and make small changes that may result in a lifetime of heart health. If you’re not doing so already, become involved in American Heart Month. Get involved and spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and living heart healthy lives!