More heart disease and strokes may be coming for more Americans in the coming years, if the nation as a whole doesn't address the growing problem of high blood pressure. That is the prediction of a medical expert at the SIU School of Medicine. Normal blood pressure reading is 120 over 80, but will vary depending on an individual's health conditions.
Dr. Omar Vargas, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at SIU School of Medicine, says monitoring can be done at home with a machine that is covered by most insurance companies. He offers some advice.
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Dr. Vargas recommends that people who have high blood pressure make lifestyle changes including eating a healthy diet with fruits and vegetables, reducing salt intake and managing one's weight. They should see their primary care physician for evaluation and possible treatment. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is associated with many complications including stroke, heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease.