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    Blood Pressure

    Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of arteries and is measured by two numbers: systolic and diastolic. The top number (systolic blood pressure) is the pressure exerted by the blood onto the walls of the arteries when the heart contracts. The bottom number (diastolic blood pressure) is the pressure exerted by the blood onto the walls of the arteries when the heart is resting. When blood pressure stays elevated over time, it is called high blood pressure. One in three Americans has high blood pressure and may or may not know it. High blood pressure is often called the “silent killer” because it typically shows no symptoms. To decrease the risk of high blood pressure, consume a diet free of processed foods, such as grains, canned foods, frozen dinners, and juice.

     

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    your BLOOD PRESSURE