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Prehypertension Carries High Risks

A low number doesn’t necessarily mean good health

About 73 million U.S. adults age 20 and older – one in three people – have high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). And because there are no symptoms, one-third of these individuals don’t know they have it. For this reason, high blood pressure is known as the “silent killer.” Hypertension directly causes some 50,000 deaths in the United States each year, and is a contributing factor in about 300,000 additional deaths.

High blood pressure – also known as hypertension – is a blood pressure reading above 140/90 mmHG. If your blood pressure doesn’t fall into this category, don’t assume that you have a clean bill of health. 

Prehypertension – a blood pressure between 120/80 mmHg and 139/89mmHG – increases the odds of developing high blood pressure and the diseases that come with it: heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease. Years ago, a blood pressure reading of 120/80 mm Hg wasn’t a cause for concern. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute established the category of prehypertension to warn people whose blood pressure readings put them at risk for hypertension and other serious health problems. In fact, prehypertension can triple your risk of heart attack and can develop into hypertension, if left untreated, according to the AHA.

The only way to know if you’re at risk is to get your blood pressure checked. The two numbers in your blood pressure reading show how hard your heart is working. The higher (systolic) number represents the pressure when the heart is beating, and the lower (diastolic) number represents the pressure when the heart is resting between beats.

While the causes of 95 percent of high blood pressure cases are unknown, the good news is, it’s one of the most common and preventable conditions related to heart disease. Although some risk factors – such as age, heredity and race – are beyond your control, a few simple lifestyle modifications or medication, if necessary, can control your risk.

Lifestyle factors that you can modify include your diet, activity level, weight and stress. Other factors may surprise you, such as lack of sleep, low potassium intake or taking birth control pills. Some medications, such as antidepressants, cold medicines and hormones, can also trigger a temporary rise in blood pressure.

Pay attention to the sodium level in your diet, and make sure your sodium intake is within reasonable limits (1,500 to 2,400 mg per day) by minimizing processed meats and frozen foods and eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Studies have shown that a higher intake of low-fat dietary calcium and dietary vitamin D – not vitamin supplements – can decrease the risk of hypertension. Also, limit your alcohol consumption and don’t smoke.

Maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly is key – being overweight is a major contributor to high blood pressure. If you have prehypertension, exercise can help you avoid developing hypertension. Losing just 10 pounds can significantly reduce your blood pressure. In addition to dropping pounds, The Mayo Clinic recommends that patients watch their waistlines. Men are considered at increased risk if their waist circumference is greater than 40 inches and women, if their waist measures more than 35 inches.

Finally, see your doctor regularly to keep a close check on your blood pressure – as well as other health issues that can impact your heart health.


Delegate Tyler's Report from the Virginia General Assembly

On the first day of the 2015 Virginia General Assembly Session, it was a privilege to offer the opening prayer at the Annual Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast with over 900 hundred Virginians in attendance.  For the expeditious, short forty six day session, House of Delegates Representatives introduced 978 bills and the Senate introduced 825 bills by the first day of session. The Virginia General Assembly has now reached the midpoint of the 2015 legislative session known as the “Cross Over”.  I would like to inform you of the most important legislative actions and update you on my legislation that was passed by the House of Delegates and the Senate. 

HB 1400 (Budget) – The House passed a  budget bill that did not go far enough to in addressing the areas of pre-k education, increasing teacher’s salaries to the national average or expanding Medicaid that would assist 400,000 Virginians with health care insurance and creating over 30,000 jobs in the process.  However, the proposed budget did include $55 million dollars for a 1.5 percent raise for teachers and employees and an additional pay increase for other state employee.  Additionally, the starting salary ($28,035) for correctional officers was increased by $1000.00 which will benefit new correctional officers employed by the Department of Corrections. The final budget has not been approved. It is now in the conferee committee and will receive the final vote on next week.

Listed below is my legislation that has passed the Senate and House and will become law following veto session and July 1, 2015 after signature of Governor McAuliffe

HB 1288- will allow the Town of Branchville Council Members to be elected in the 2015 November General Election for 4 year terms.    

HB 1374– will allow all disabled veterans with service connected disability to purchase a disabled license plates. Under current law only 100% disabled veterans were allowed to have the special disabled veteran license plate.

HB 1484– will conform the state code to allow all Board of Supervisors and municipalities to approve their school budget by May 15 of each year.

HB 2255– the state has approved a parcel of land that was owned by the Department of Corrections to the Town of Lawrenceville to maintain their water booster and storage tank for future economic development.

Additionally, My budget amendment was included in the state budget to restore the revenue of $190,000 for the coyote control program that is a serious problem in our rural counties.

We have only a week left in session if we finish on time. It is a pleasure to serve you in Richmond. As, always please do not hesitate to contact my office should you have any questions. 

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