Blood Pressure redefined as Prehypertension ANI The Times of India Friday, September 5, 2003 Washington - Researchers have renamed the category of normal blood pressure readings as Prehypertension. The Mayo Clinic Health Letter explains the recent changes made in the blood pressure guidelines. Blood pressure is the force exerted on the artery walls by blood flowing through the body and is important primarily because elevated blood pressure can put extra stress on the arteries and heart, thereby causing cardiovascular diseases. According to a report in NewsWise, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute released stricter guidelines for high blood pressure, in May 2003, because research showed that having blood pressure readings at the old normal or high-normal ranges increased the risk of developing heart diseases. Over a longer period of time, high blood pressure causes arteries to become injured or damaged and also overworks the heart. An overworked heart can wear out, losing the strength to effectively pump blood, contributing to serious cardiovascular concerns, explain the researchers. The new category, called prehypertension, covers a systolic range of 120 to 139 mm Hg and diastolic range of 80 to 89 mm Hg. (Systolic pressure, the first number in your blood pressure reading, measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats. The second number, diastolic pressure, measures the pressure in your arteries between beats.) The new guidelines also lower the normal blood pressure to below 120/80 mm Hg, which was the old optimum level. Thus, if a person is in the prehypertension range, he is at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The risk increases steadily with the rise in the blood pressure within the prehypertension range. The guidelines however confirm that the risk can be reduced by making a few lifestyle changes like maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, reducing salt intake, being more active, limiting alcohol and stopping smoking. Read the complete news at: http://www.timesofindia.com News Plus http://www.mantra.com/newsplus Jai Maharaj http://www.mantra.com/jai Om Shanti Panchaang for 10 Bhadrapad 5104, Friday, September 5, 2003: Shubhanu Nama Samvatsare Dakshinaya Jivana Ritau Singh Mase Shukl Pakshe Shukr Vasara Yuktayam Poorvashadh Nakshatr Ayushman-Saubhagya Yog Gar-Vanij Karan Dashami-Ekadashi Yam Tithau Hindu Holocaust Museum http://www.mantra.com/holocaust Hindu life, principles, spirituality and philosophy http://www.hindu.org http://www.hindunet.org The truth about Islam and Muslims http://www.flex.com/~jai/satyamevajayate o Not for commercial use. Solely to be fairly used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. The contents of this post may not have been authored by, and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the poster. The contents are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works. o If you send private e-mail to me, it will likely not be read, considered or answered if it does not contain your full legal name, current e-mail and postal addresses, and live-voice telephone number. o Posted for information and discussion. Views expressed by others are not necessarily those of the poster.