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Wellness Tip

Blood Pressure and Stroke Risk

by Berkeley Wellness  

Even if your blood pressure is only modestly elevated, you’re at increased risk for a stroke and should try to reduce it via diet and exercise.

Published recently in the journal Neurology, an analysis of 19 studies found that people with prehypertension—that is, blood pressure between 120/80 and 140/90—were more likely to have a stroke than those with readings below 120/80 (adjustments were made for factors such as smoking, diabetes, and blood cholesterol).

Most of the increased risk was seen in those in the top half of prehypertension—between 130/85 and 140/90. If lifestyle changes do not help enough, talk to your doctor about drug therapy.