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High Blood Pressure can Lead to a Stroke

05/19/2014

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by Dr. Jeff Sparling, INTEGRIS cardiologist

High blood pressure affects nearly 30% of the United States population, or 60 million people, and is one of the most preventable causes of heart attack and stroke. Dr. Jeff Sparling, an interventional cardiologist with the INTEGRIS Heart Hospital, describes ways to control your blood pressure to help prevent a heart attack or stroke from occurring.
Hi, my name's Dr. Jeff Sparling, a cardiologist with INTEGRIS Health. Today I'd like to talk to you for a moment about high blood pressure. High blood pressure, or hypertension as it's known to your health care provider, is defined as a systolic, or top number, greater than 140 millimeters of mercury and a bottom, or diastolic, number greater than 80 millimeters of mercury. High blood pressure affects nearly 30% of the United States population, or 60 million people, and is one of the most preventable causes of heart attack and stroke. There are many ways to control blood pressure including diet, exercise, and weight loss. And your doctor may also discuss with you taking medication to help lower blood pressure. If you have concerns about high blood pressure I encourage you to talk about it with your health care provider. Thanks for your time.

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