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5 Things to Know about Blood Pressure

  1. Blood pressure climbs as you age – It’s normal, but make sure you are getting it checked regularly to make sure it doesn’t become hypertension
  2. The top number is the one to watch – Systolic pressure is the one to pay attention to because it measures the peak force you pulmonary system is experiencing.
  3. The optimum blood pressure number is different for different people – In fact, experts don’t agree on what the ideal pressure should be.
  4. Healthy diet and lifestyle changes can work as well as a pill – Cutting back on salt is the easiest. Dropping weight, while more difficult, can also help. Regular exercise can also help. (Make sure you consult with your physician before beginning any exercise regimen.)
  5. Yes, coffee makes blood pressure spike, but… - The spike lasts about 3 hours but appears to have no long-lasting effect.

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