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The next No Pressure Blood Pressure will be held on Wednesday, December 5th

Contributed by Maria Russell on 12/04/18 

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No Pressure Blood Pressure Testing Locations and Times:

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Center for Health Sciences, Smiddy Hall, Dillingham, Job Hall 
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Whalen Academic Symposium, Gannett (Library), Towers, Terraces
​11:00 - 12:00 p.m. Hill, Business, Peggy Ryan Williams, Alumni Hall
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Friends, Textor, Muller, Bookstore
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Campus Center, Hammond Health Center,  Fitness Center, A&E
​2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Williams Hall, Center for Natural Sciences, Park Communications, Rothschilds  
And all day, everyday in Robert R. Colbert Sr. Wellness Clinic!

More than 100 million Americans have high blood pressure. Know your numbers!

Blood Pressure Levels (mmHg)

Category                                Systolic / Diastolic

Normal                                    systolic <120 and diastolic <80
Elevated (Pre-hypertension)    systolic 120-129 and diastolic <80
Stage 1 Hypertension              systolic 130-139 or diastolic 80-89
Stage 2 Hypertension              systolic ≥140 or diastolic ≥90

Hypertensive Crisis                 systolic >180 and/or diastolic >120

American Heart Association recommendations to help maintain Blood Pressure:

  • Better diet habits
  • Regular physical activity and/or exercise
  • Strive for a healthy weight
  • Pay attention to stress levels
  • Avoid smoking
  • Properly use medication

·         Limit alcohol consumption

 What we already know:

  • Risk of CVD (cardiovascular disease) doubles for each incremental increase in SBP of 20 mmHg or DBP of 10 mmHg
  • Aerobic exercise training leads to reduction in resting BP of 5-7 mmHg in those with hypertension

Studies show:

  • Using salt substitutes can decrease blood pressure
  • 80% of sodium Americans intake comes from packaged, processed and restaurant foods
  • Home cooking is a great way to control your sodium intake
  • Exercise can slow down the inevitable increase in blood pressure as you age
  • Those who have proper protein intake are 40% less likely to develop high blood pressure
  • A combination of a high protein and high fiber intake can even lower the risk for hypertension
  • Consuming flaxseed daily may help reduce high blood pressure

 

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