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NATIONAL STROKE AWARENESS WEEK

posted Oct 30, 2018, 3:10 AM by Janene Sacks
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Hypertension(HT)is the leading risk factor for stroke in South Africa, responsible for 1 in 2 (50%) strokes and 2 in 5 (42%) heart attacks. HT is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure and kidney disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, normal blood pressure is defined as a systolic (top) number of less than 120 mmHg and a diastolic (bottom) number of less than 80 mmHg. People with systolic readings of 120 to 139 mmHg and diastolic readings of 80 to 89 mmHg would be at risk for high blood pressure or could be told they have prehypertension. A diagnosis of high blood pressure is usually confirmed by a doctor after a patient has had more than one elevated reading, which, for most people, would be 140 mmHg or higher over 90 mmHg or higher. 

People with high blood pressure should consult with a physician and follow a heart healthy diet. The bottom line in lowering blood pressure is to follow a heart healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight and increase physical activity. 

Consult a registered dietitian nutritionist to start combating high blood pressure and for guidance on following a healthy diet. 
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