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When is your blood pressure too high?

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If your blood pressure is consistently over 130/80, you have hypertension.

The top (systolic) number is the force in the arteries when your heart beats. The bottom (diastolic) one is the pressure between beats, when your heart rests.

If either number is higher than normal, it means your heart is pumping harder than it should. Studies show that that over time, that makes you more likely to have a stroke.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association and American Stroke Association: “Let’s Talk About High Blood Pressure and Stroke,” “Stroke Risks,” “Statistical Fact Sheet 2013 Update: High Blood Pressure,” ”Quick Stroke Treatment for Saving the Brain,” “The Facts about High Blood Pressure.”

American Heart Association: “How High Blood Pressure Can Lead to Stroke,” “High Blood Pressure, Afib and Your Risk of Stroke.”

Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology : “Hypertension Mechanisms Causing Stroke.”

CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics : “From Hypertension to Stroke: Mechanisms and Potential Prevention Strategies.”

Stroke Association: “High Blood Pressure and Stroke.”

Mayo Clinic: “Nutrition and Healthy Eating.”

CDC: “Preventing Stroke: Healthy Living.”

BMJ : “Is psycho-physical stress a risk factor for stroke? A case-control study."

FDA: “Trans Fat.”  

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 18, 2017

SOURCES:

American Heart Association and American Stroke Association: “Let’s Talk About High Blood Pressure and Stroke,” “Stroke Risks,” “Statistical Fact Sheet 2013 Update: High Blood Pressure,” ”Quick Stroke Treatment for Saving the Brain,” “The Facts about High Blood Pressure.”

American Heart Association: “How High Blood Pressure Can Lead to Stroke,” “High Blood Pressure, Afib and Your Risk of Stroke.”

Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology : “Hypertension Mechanisms Causing Stroke.”

CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics : “From Hypertension to Stroke: Mechanisms and Potential Prevention Strategies.”

Stroke Association: “High Blood Pressure and Stroke.”

Mayo Clinic: “Nutrition and Healthy Eating.”

CDC: “Preventing Stroke: Healthy Living.”

BMJ : “Is psycho-physical stress a risk factor for stroke? A case-control study."

FDA: “Trans Fat.”  

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 18, 2017

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