Stress linked to behaviors that increase heart disease, stroke risk in African-Americans

checking blood pressure photoBy American Heart Association News

Using the latest guidelines on high blood pressure would result in nearly 950,000 more U.S. stroke survivors diagnosed with the disease and could reduce deaths among stroke survivors by nearly one-third, according to new research.

The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, comes in the wake of updated guidelines on detecting, managing, preventing and treating hypertension, or high blood pressure, a condition in which the force of blood flowing through the blood vessels is too high. Last November, the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association issued new guidelines that redefine high blood pressure as 130/80 versus the previous 140/90.

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