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Health experts are calling the recent release of new blood pressure guidelines a major step toward helping Americans reduce their risk of heart disease, the leading cause of U.S. deaths. Developed jointly by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the guidelines now define hypertension as a systolic blood...
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Q1: What is the significance of the systolic number in a blood pressure reading? A: A blood pressure reading involves two numbers, one over the other. The top number is the systolic number and the bottom number is the diastolic number. For example, a reading might be presented as 120/80 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). Systolic pressure , the top nu...
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OVERVIEW Purpose: The purpose of the study was to determine whether treating blood pressure to a target systolic pressure of less than 120 mm Hg is superior to treating to less than 140 mm Hg, which was the commonly recommended target at the time that the SPRINT trial was conducted . Background: High blood pressure is a major public health problem...
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