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Have you had your blood pressure checked lately?
Have your local health provider check your blood pressure to see if your treatment is on track.


Acupunture may help to lower blood pressure as found in a Taiwan study entitled:
Cardiovascular and endocrine effects of acupuncture in hypertensive patients.
found in Clinical and Experimental Hypertension 1997 Oct;19(7):1047-63

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Top Blood Pressure Number Key For Gauging Heart Disease Risk
The top number in a blood pressure reading is the best way to determine a person's heart attack and stroke risk, and should be used to guide treatment. But many doctors continue to treat patients based on the lower number, and the study put out in the Archives of Internal Medicine states that this practice should change. The top number measures systolic blood pressure, the force on blood vessel walls during a heart beat. The bottom, or diastolic, number gauges pressure when the heart is at rest between beats. High blood pressure is defined as a systolic reading of 140 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or greater or a diastolic reading of 90 mm Hg or above. The diastolic number has conventionally been viewed as a more sensitive indicator of hypertension, and is the reading that commonly influences clinical decision-making regarding degree of disease present and what therapeutic steps should be taken. In the current study researchers found that patients with uncontrolled systolic blood pressure were almost 2.5 times more likely to die of heart disease than patients with controlled blood pressure. But risk of death from cardiovascular disease was not associated with diastolic blood pressure. The study also revealed that 85.5% of men being treated for high blood pressure had uncontrolled systolic or diastolic blood pressure, or both. These patients had a 66% greater risk of death associated with heart disease than those men with controlled blood pressure. This clearly confirms that, as measured in a clinical setting, a controlled blood pressure, especially systolic blood pressure, is uncommon. Nevertheless, the authors emphasize that treating systolic blood pressure is of greater value than treating diastolic blood pressure since it has been shown to be a better predictor of death from heart disease.
References
Benetos A, Thomas F, Bean K, Gautier S, Smulyan H, Guize L. Prognostic value of systolic and diastolic blood pressure in treated hypertensive men. Archives of Internal Medicine March 11, 2002;162: 577-581
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