Health Watch - Stroke: Blood Pressure
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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about stroke, in recognition of American Stroke Month. One of the major risk factors for stroke is high blood pressure. Preventing high blood pressure can help prevent stroke, but that requires dedication on behalf of both doctor and patient.
Dr. Shawna Nesbitt, a hypertension expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says that while lifestyle modifications are the first step in preventing high blood pressure, most patients don’t stick to the changes. Patients whose blood pressure is in the pre-hypertension range may need medication to help prevent hypertension from developing. Doctors recommend that people get their blood pressure checked regularly so high blood pressure can be prevented or treated before it causes damage. Lifestyle modifications like regular exercise, losing weight, quitting smoking and a low-sodium diet may help.
Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/heartlungvascular to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in heart, lung and vascular.
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