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Controlling Your Blood Pressure

Dear Reader, The total number of Americans with high blood pressure rose sharply in late 2017 but not because people suddenly became less healthy. Instead, new guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology lowered the threshold for diagnosing this common condition, which is known medically as hypertension. Before the update, high blood pressure was defined as a reading of 140/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or higher. Now,…

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