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Sunday is World Hypertension Day - and that means it's time to get your blood pressure checked

by , 13 May 2015

What are your plans this Sunday?

Whatever they are, make sure they include a trip to your local pharmacy.

Why?

Because it's World Hypertension Day.

And since South Africa has one of the highest rates of hypertension worldwide - with 6.3 million people currently living with high blood pressure - you could be among them and not even know it.

And it could be the reason you die from a heart attack.

Not sure if you're at risk?

Read on below as we unveil all the details you need to know about this silent killer.

 
********** True story ***********
 
A trip to the supermarket uncovered my hidden high blood pressure
 
 
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What is hypertension? 

 
Not many people take hypertension (or high blood pressure) seriously. But you should.
 
Because unless you take serious steps to reverse yours, you could end up with coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure and a myriad of other dangerous health problems.
 

But what exactly is high blood pressure and how do you know when you have it?

 
As the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute explains: “Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage the body in many ways.”
 
Now when doctors measure your blood pressure (something we’re urging you to do this Sunday,) they take two readings from you: Your systolic (sis-TOL-ik) and diastolic (di-ah-STOL-ik) pressures. Systolic is your blood pressure when your heart beats while pumping blood, while diastolic is the pressure when your heart is resting between beats.
 
That’s why your blood pressure numbers are written with the systolic number above or before the diastolic number, such as 120/80 mmHg. 
 
When you suffer from hypertension (or high blood pressure), those numbers are anywhere from 140+ for systolic pressure and 90+ diastolic pressure. 
 
And that’s the thing most people don’t realise. 
 

Your systolic and diastolic numbers may not be in the same blood pressure category! 

 
For example, if your systolic number is 160 (too high) and your diastolic number is 80 (within normal range), you still suffer from high blood pressure. The opposite is also true if your systolic number is normal and your diastolic number is too high. 
 
The only way to know is to get it checked. 
 
And with World Hypertension Day just around the corner, there’s no excuse NOT to do it. 
 
Editor’s note: Each year over one million South Africans opt for coronary angioplasty. 427,000 South Africans have open heart surgery. And SA. doctors write 11 million prescriptions for statin drugs - each month...
 
But doctors - from medical institutions like Stanford University and Harvard Medical School - reveal evidence that these treatments are money-making scams that do more harm than good.
 
To discover more about this heart disease scam and what the research team at the Natural Health Dossier say you should do to slash your heart disease risk without drugs, surgery, or mainstream medical intervention, read this urgent report right now. 
 

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