The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have defined three new categories of hypertension:

  1. Elevated blood pressure: 120-129 mm Hg systolic, <80 mm Hg diastolic
  2. Stage 1 hypertension: 130-139 mm Hg systolic or 80-89 mm Hg diastolic
  3. Stage 2 hypertension: >140 mm Hg systolic or >90 mm Hg diastolic

Lifestyle modifications are recommended for all groups, in addition to appropriate medication for Stage 1 and 2 hypertension.

LifeTip: Maintaining a normal weight, physical exercise, and a healthy, balanced diet go a long way to preventing hypertension. Watch “Lower Hypertension Naturally” with Dr. David DeRose for more recommendations.

Adapted from PositiveChoices.com

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