Blood pressure is commonly associated with narrowing of the arteries, which causes the heart and blood vessels to overwork. Blood pressure is recorded as two numbers –the systolic pressure (as the heart beats) over the diastolic pressure (as the heart relaxes between beats). The measurement is written with the systolic number on top and the diastolic number on the bottom.
"Fortunately, we have the ability to lower our blood pressure through lifestyle modifications and medication," said Mary Pfenning, RN, Community Outreach. "It is so easy and important to have your blood pressure checked regularly."
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute recently released new clinical practice guidelines for the prevention, detection and treatment of high blood pressure. The guidelines feature altered blood pressure categories, including a new "prehypertension" level which covers about 22 percent of American adults, or about 45 million people.
St. Luke's Community Outreach Department used the new guidelines in the following classifications and recommendations.
|Stage 1 Hypertension||140-159||OR||90-99|
|Stage 2 Hypertension||>160||OR||>100|
Lifestyle Change Recommendations
If you are concerned about your blood pressure, you can get a free blood pressure screening at any St. Luke's Urgent Care Center, which has locations on Clarkson Road and in Creve Coeur, Fenton, Kirkwood, Weldon Spring and at WingHaven in O'Fallon. They are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
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