• A Quick Guide to Deciphering Your Blood Pressure Reading

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    February 28, 2019
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    February 28, 2019
    Dear Melissa,
    As we close out February, American Heart Month, we'd like to turn your attention to your blood pressure. There are two numbers associated with blood pressure:
    Systolic blood pressure - (the first number) indicates how much pressure your blood exerts on the walls of your arteries when your heart beats.
    Diastolic blood pressure - (the second number) indicates how much pressure your blood exerts on the walls of your arteries while the heart is resting, between your heart beats.
    So what is a normal blood pressure? The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have created a handy chart to help you learn what is considered normal.
    Most of the time, systolic blood pressure receives the attention as a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease for people over 50. Your systolic blood pressure rises steadily with age due to the increasing artery stiffness, long-term artery placque buildup, and more incidences of cardiac and vascular diseases.
    However, both an elevated systolic and an elevated diastolic blood pressure reading are indicative of a diagnosis of high blood pressure, and studies indicate that the mortality risk from ischemic heart disease and stroke doubles with every 20 mm Hg systolic or 10 mm Hg diastolic increase among people from age 40 to 89.
    Chiropractic Care Reduces Blood Pressure
    Did you know that chiropractic care can lower your blood pressure? Many studies, including articles published in the Journal of Human Hypertension and the Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that patients under active chiropractic care experienced significant decreases in elevated blood pressure.
    Wishing you happiness and a healthy blood pressure!
    Dr. Pam Jarboe & Dr. Lauren Yeager
    Community Chiropractic Acton
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