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Know Your Blood Pressure for Heart Health

February is Heart Month when health experts put the spotlight on heart disease and prevention. One way to keep track of your own heart health is to regularly monitor your blood pressure.
February is Heart Month when health experts put the spotlight on heart disease and prevention.  One way to keep track of your own heart health is to regularly monitor your blood pressure.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 67 million American adults (31%) have high blood pressure-that’s 1 in every 3 adults.

And only about half (47%) of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control.
High blood pressure was a primary or contributing cause of death for more than 348,000 Americans in 2009-that's nearly 1,000 deaths each day.

Terry Gould, Program Coordinator Heart Failure Rehab at Mercy Springfield, appears on KOLR10 Daybreak with more facts on the importance of keeping your blood pressure under control.  Watch the video above for our interview with Terry.

High blood pressure can cause stroke, heart and kidney failure.  

Preventive measures include 30 minutes of exercise 7 days a week, eat less than 2200 mg of salt a day, eat healthier, achieve a healthy weight and limit alcohol consumption.

Numbers to watch:
 Blood Pressure  Systolic/Diastolic readings
Normal: Less than 120 and Less than 80
Prehypertention: 120-139 or 80-89
Stage One : 140-159 or 90-99
Stage Two: 160 or more/100 or more
Hypertensive Crisis: 180 or 110

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