Every day that your blood pressure is too high, your odds of having a stroke are increased. Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 millimeters of mercury (mmHg). This means a systolic of less than 120 mmHg and diastolic of less than 80 mmHg. A stroke is a loss of brain function caused by a sudden deficit of blood to part of the brain. Stroke is caused by the damage that continuous high blood pressure causes in your blood vessels. If the affected vessel obstructs the supply of blood to the brain, a stroke happens.
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Did you know that people who have close relationships at home, work, or in their community tend to be healthier and live longer? One reason, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is that we're more successful at meeting our health goals when we join forces with others. NHLBI launched the #OurHearts movement to inspire us to protect and strengthen our hearts with the support of others.
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Despite the type of diet you follow, to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you take in each day. For most people, cutting about 500 calories per day is an excellent place to start. If you eat 500 calories less daily, you should lose about one pound per week.
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