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The American Heart Association recently released new guidelines for what normal and healthy blood pressures should be. The new guidelines say high blood pressure should be treated when a blood pressure test gives a result of 130/80. The limit used to be 140/90. This new guideline was developed after years of study by the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and nine other health professional organizations. Prior to the new guidelines, one in three Americans was classified as having high blood pressure. Now, 14 percent more will be diagnosed, which means 103 million Americans will have high blood pressure instead of 72 million previously. It is recommended that people with high blood pressure try healthier lifestyles, which get much stronger emphasis in the new advice. Poor diets, lack of exercise and other bad habits cause 90 percent of high blood pressure.

10 WAYS TO HELP LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE:

  • Lose extra pounds & watch your waistline
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Reduce sodium intake
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Quit smoking
  • Cut back on caffeine
  • Reduce your stress
  • Monitor your blood pressure regularly
  • Get support from family and friends