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It’s estimated that 75 million Americans have high blood pressure.  High blood pressure is one of the factors that leads to heart disease, the #1 killer of women.  High blood pressure, or hypertention, is the silent killer since many people do not have any symptoms.

Know your number by getting your blood pressure checked annually, or more often if you have a family history of hypertension, and more often if you have a major life change or illness, when starting an exercise program or experiencing other major health concerns including obesity, high cholesterol, or diabetes.

High blood pressure is 140/90 or higher and pre-high blood pressure is 130/85.  Lifestyle modifications can help high blood pressure:  weight loss, good eating habits such as low sodium and low fat, and  lifestyle management to include smoking cessation, stress management, and exercise.

Walgreens drugstores offers free blood pressure screening on a drop in basis at any time.  If you have high blood pressure, seek advice from a professional medical professional to determine if medication and other lifestyle changes can help to maintain a normal blood pressure.

SAVE THE DATE:  FEBRUARY 4TH IS NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY FOR INCREASING THE AWARENESS OF THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE IN WOMEN. GOREDFOR WOMEN.ORG

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