Cardiovascular Disease Preventable By Controlling Blood Pressure

( — Research recently published in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association has indicated that by lowering blood pressure, women cut their risk of experiencing stroke, myocardial infarction or heart failure and could possibly reverse some effects of cardiovascular disease.

Conductors of the study examined nearly 10,000 people in 11 countries for 11 years and found that high systolic blood pressure is a strong indicator of cardiovascular disease. High cholesterol and smoking are also strong risk factors and, combined with hypertension, they account for 85 percent of reversible cardiovascular disease.

The results suggest that since high blood pressure is preventable, individuals could also stave off heart disease by taking the same measures. The National Institutes of Health advises a healthy, low-sodium diet and regular exercise to keep blood pressure at a healthy level.


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