Know your Blood Pressure; Save Your Life!

Since May is Blood Pessure Awareness Month, BeneFIT Physical Therapy would like to talk to our patients and readers today about Hypertension, best known as High Blood Pressure.  

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So, just about everyone has had their blood pressure taken and then heard their blood pressure numbers as something over something right? For example, 120 over 80, 128 over 78, such as that.

 

However, do you know what those numbers mean or represent?

Blood pressure, in general, measures the amount of pressure your blood pushes against the walls of your arteries.  

 

The top number is the Systolic Pressure.  That measures the pressure in your arteries during the contraction of your heart muscle.

 

The bottom number is the Diastolic Pressure.  That is the pressure in your arteries in between the beats of her heart.

 

The current guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, from data they collected in 2017, shows that:

❤ “Normal” blood pressure is Systolic (the top number) of 120 or less  AND the diastolic (bottom Number) of 80 or less.  This is good and where you want to be.

❤ Elevated blood pressure is a Systolic of 120-129 AND a diastolic of 80 or less.  This is ok but is something you should be watching out for.

 

❤Stage 1 Hypertension is Systolic between 130-139 over or a Diastolic between 80-89.❤

 

❤Stage 2 Hypertension is any Systolic of 140 or greater or a Diastolic 90 or greater.

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The scary fact is that high blood pressure affects 108 million Americans!!  That’s almost half the country with high blood pressure!

 

Looking at the data that the current guidelines are based on, hypertension is a precursor for heart disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes.

Here are some additional eye-opening health statistics:

❤  Every year almost 18 million lives are lost to heart disease in the world.

❤  In America, heart disease is the number 1 cause of death, and stroke is         number 5.

❤ There are roughly 16.5 million Americans over 20 that have heart              disease.

❤   There are 6.5 million Americans 20 and older who currently have               heart failure.

❤  Every year 1 million people will have a heart attack or die from heart          disease.

❤ 795,000 people will have a stroke this year.

❤  23 million adults have Type 2 diabetes.

Those are some crazy numbers right there!

 

However, there is a potential sliver lining in this.

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According to the same guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, data they collected in 2017 also shows that: about 45 percent of the deaths associated with heart disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes were contributed to the individuals not getting enough exercise and poor eating habits contributing to obesity. 

You are probably thinking, “How is THAT a silver lining?!”

It is a silver lining because it shows that the individual has the power to become healthier and change their diagnosis.  This data shows us that almost half the people could have potentially improved themselves if they had:

  1. Been physically active.  Doing something active for at least 30 minutes a day.  Working out, running, going for a walk, riding a bike, anything like…even taking the stairs instead of the elevator.🏃‍♂️🚴‍♀️🏌️‍♀️👟🚴‍♂️🏃‍♀️👍😃

      2. A healthier diet.  NOT a fad diet,                but eating less processed food,                    more produce, more lean meats,                reducing alcohol content, and                    portion control are all ways that.              we can improve our diets without.            much pain.🥦🥬🍎🥗🥑🍌

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Do you have questions about your blood pressure and how the right work out routine will help? Feel free to call us today at either our Chester (908.203.5200) or Bridgewater (908.879.5700) office to schedule a freee medical screening. Connect with @benefitptnj on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and even Tik Tok; or shoot us any e-mail any time at info@benefitpt.com.