The treatment of blood pressure in African Americans is not different from other groups. Your doctor will give you a blood pressure goal. An example of a goal is to keep blood pressure below 140/90. Your goal may be lower or higher based on your health and age. Your blood pressure goal can help you prevent problems caused by high blood pressure.
Mitral valve prolapse is a common cause of a heart murmur caused by a "leaky" heart valve. Most cases of mitral valve prolapse are not serious and only need to be monitored.
Mitral valve prolapse is associated with many other symptoms and conditions. But experts aren't sure that mitral valve prolapse is what causes them.
You can help lower your blood pressure by making healthy changes in your lifestyle. If those lifestyle changes don't work well enough, you may also need to take medicine.
Healthy lifestyle changes are important for everyone. They include eating heart-healthy foods, being active, staying at a healthy weight, and not smoking. For many African Americans, sodium raises their blood pressure. So limiting sodium is an important part of a heart-healthy eating plan.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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