After changes this week to blood pressure levels, many Vandalia area residents reading this editorial may soon find themselves diagnosed with “high blood pressure” followed with a doctor’s prescription to lower their numbers.
The American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and nine other groups have recently issued new blood pressure guidelines, dropping the standard reading from 140/90 to 130/80. A “normal” diagnosis is less than 120/80.
This change now means that roughly 103 million U.S. adults or 46% may now be diagnosed with hypertension.
In a doctor’s appointment in the near future, your blood pressure reading of between 130/80 and 140/90 would put you as a stage one hypertension patient.
This means you will be encouraged to lose weight, exercise, cut down on salt, while eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
If you previously have had a stroke, heart attack, and possibly kidney disease or diabetes, blood-pressure lowering medications will be now recommended.
More changes include patients resting five minutes before averaging at least two readings during two visits.
The reason behind the change is medical professionals suggesting a more proactive approach when dealing with blood pressure.
By the time many folks start having readings at 130/80, their risks are reportedly doubled since our bodies get older and our levels go higher the older we get. Over time, blood vessels get damaged, increasing a risk for a heart attack or other health problems.
These health organizations are also encouraging more people to have blood pressure testing units in their homes to keep a better watch over their health.
This is not a typical editorial for me to write but I knew this was important information that many of our readers would want to know.
As each day goes by, our bodies get more worn out and get older.
We are all called to be good stewards of what we have and our bodies are to be included.
As a man who sits so many hours a week working to put this newspaper together and working on countless management reports, I know it’s important that I take care of my own temple better than I have.
While I’m not getting the rest that I need, I am trying to do a much better job of drinking more water, watching my salt in take, and watching how many sweets that I eat. These changes have helped me better monitor things like dehydration and learning when my body is at a point where rest is a must instead of downing more caffeine.
Our bodies do talk to us. We just have to be willing to listen and react to the signs before it’s too late and we have a major health issue.