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Very important topic right now the numbers are indeed shocking.
Brand new numbers showing nearly 30% of Americans have high blood pressure.
The condition is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke by the Davis -- a member of the Fox News medical a team.
And the chief of the division robotics at mount Sinai hospital is here to weigh in on this matter and -- full disclosure this is something I battle with all the time as well you know hypertension high blood pressure it is a devastating.
Illness if it's -- treated.
Well it's absolutely you're absolutely right and high blood pressure is actually one stop before we get to stroke.
And two heart attack and other things that this is absolutely important now CDC this week actually came -- with the news that between 2005 and 2009.
The number of -- -- pressure has risen by 10% which is really is striking number.
That is striking because there's so much awareness about it now yet we see these numbers continue to go up even though the awareness is going to what's the cause for that.
Well we have a huge epidemic can only 30%.
Of the country's suffering from blood pressure.
And there are many risk factors you know we've talked about many segments before about salt intake.
So you know the American Heart Association is talking about taking only 15100 milligram we're taking double that that that's one of the major risk for high blood pressure.
Obesity diabetes lack of exercise smoking alcohol.
All the things that we're doing processed meat was one of the major segments that we did over here you may not be taking your record this sought but you may be getting it from all these processed -- -- processed -- -- you don't have it pay attention to that.
And and that's really important.
Knowing your blood pressure is even more important you know exactly what's going on -- blood pressure comes into -- it's a lot you'll notice.
140 over ninety if you have that book -- -- high here.
Three times why do -- -- three times.
You run up -- -- civil -- to see your doctor your five minutes late you're jogging -- you get there have been nurse immediately.
Georgia blood pressure and if it's high that's not a correct number -- after repeated it three times.
-- lookers to over 140 over ninety.
You're in trouble you need to fix it -- must stress is that causing some of it as well you know.
There are many studies about how stress can affect blood pressure or not there's a -- debate about this just said coffee.
Doesn't cause blood pressure a couple of appreciate can exacerbate that but does -- really caused blood pressure so.
You know -- I think diet and lifestyle changes and that's one of the big things that we talk about -- -- Don't Charles you're going to have these blood pressure medications immediately.
Change your diet start exercising watch what you're reading -- down on the salt.
And of course diabetes and cholesterol anything that can block that artery.
And heart has to pump more that causes blood pressure but but died as a big part of this it did diet and exercise I -- with my exercise -- value -- title before.
My blood pressure -- once when he over seventy without it I'm in trouble but that's a big deal and also there are a lot of studies that talks about the fact -- if you reduce.
The amount of new blood -- by five millimeter millimeter.
You can reduce the risk of stroke by 37%.
That's huge just watching what you're eating and just -- -- -- exercise -- -- that would help save your life.
Don't I'm curious about if you're not better discipline and you don't reduce exercise or eat right and you're on these blood pressure medications from a young age John.
Any risk to your lives are anything else is Sarah you know -- with every -- as a poison -- so.
Absolutely and a lot of these medications have side effects wanna be careful about this and that's why going to the right doctor.
-- there are four different type of blood pressures that I know off.
Ace inhibitors beta blockers -- channel.
-- -- to you have to know which one is good for what type a patient for diabetic vs could just a part failure I want to put those side -- and it may change over time.
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