NEW 2017 GUIDELINES FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE- About one week ago the American Heart Association and 12 medical societies defined high blood pressure requiring diet and lifestyle changes as 130 over 80 when it was previously 140 over 90.

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SPECIAL EDITION: NEW 2017 GUIDELINES FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE- About one week ago the American Heart Association and 12 medical societies defined high blood pressure requiring diet and lifestyle changes as 130 over 80 when it was previously 140 over 90. The upper number (130 millimeters of Mercury (Hg) ) is the highest pressure in the blood vessel when the heart contracts and the lower number (80 mm Hg) is the pressure when the heart relaxes before its next beat. This number reflects the pressure in the tiniest blood vessels such as those in the tip of your finger called arterioles. The reason Blood Pressure is measured as millimeters of Mercury is that doctors used a cuff around the arm connected by a rubber tube to a column of liquid mercury that would be pushed up in a glass tube when blood pressure increased and down when it decreased. Today we use electronic sensors which are more accurate and you can do this at home as monitors have become less expensive than ever before. This new guideline means that half of all Americans will have high blood pressure and will need to make changes in their lives to reduce high blood pressure which can be measured using an automated blood pressure cuff at home. 90% of high blood pressure is caused by diet and lifestyle including overweight, obesity, and increased abdominal fat. Just a 5% weight loss can reduce blood pressure. These guidelines are already in effect in Canada and Australia and Europe will have them next year. All of this is not to encourage more medication, but more attention to Prevention so that drugs won’t be necessary. Meditation has been shown to reduce blood pressure in our high stress societies, but the most important changes you can make are in your diet and lifestyle. Weight management using Protein-Rich Shakes, Balanced Nutrition, Healthy Active Lifestyle, Increased Fruits and Vegetables and reduced salty snack foods can help keep your blood pressure normal for a healthy heart !! #drdavidheber #salt #bloodpressure #diet #exercise #meditation to learn more go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninstitute.com

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