Hearts at Risk

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    Hearts at Risk

    Blood pressure basics for American Heart Month Healthy hearts face risks from many different factors: high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, tobacco use, an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and secondhand smoke, among others. But another common—and often misunderstood—risk factor is high blood pressure. One in three Americans suffers from high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). With February designated as American Heart Month, now’s a great time to understand more about this condition. Blood pressure is typically recorded as two numbers, written as a ratio: 118/75 mm Hg. The top number, systolic, measures pressure in the arteries when a […]