By Bob Shepard
Follow-up data from the landmark SPRINT study of the effect of high blood pressure on cardiovascular disease has confirmed that aggressive blood pressure management – lowering systolic blood pressure (SBP) to less than 120 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) – dramatically reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke and death from these diseases, as well as death from all causes, compared to lowering systolic blood pressure to less than 140 mmHg.
Systolic blood pressure is the upper number in a blood pressure measurement, for example 140/90.
In findings published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, investigators led by the University of Alabama at Birmingham presented new evidence of the effectiveness of reducing SBP to a target range of less than 120 mmHg.
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Scott Martin is an operational meteorologist, professional graphic artist, musician, husband, and father. Not only is Scott a member of the National Weather Association, but he is also the Central Alabama Chapter of the NWA president. Scott is also the co-founder of Racecast Weather, which provides forecasts for many racing series across the USA. He also supplies forecasts for the BassMaster Elite Series events including the BassMaster Classic.
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