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Prehypertension increases stroke risk

Posted March 14, 2014, 4:21 pm Howard LeWine, M.D., Chief Medical Editor, Internet Publishing, Harvard Health Publications How bad can a little high blood pressure be? It turns out that it might be worse than we thought. Fifty years ago, the rule of thumb for a healthy systolic blood pressure (the top number of a blood pressure reading [see “Blood pressure basics”]) was 100 plus your age. Today, a healthy blood pressure is below…

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