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Blood Pressure and Heart Attack Risk

by Hratch L Karamanoukian, MD and Pierre Aoukar, MD
Posted: February 17

High blood pressure is an important risk factor in the propagation of diseases of the arteries, namely atherosclerosis.

Although physicians were taught to believe that it was acceptable to have higher blood pressures as one got older, there has been a paradigm shift in hypertension control in the field of vascular medicine.

It has been shown conclusively that for every 10 point increase in systolic blood pressure (the top number in the blood pressure measurement), the risk of death from a heart attack increases by 30 %!

For a more concise identification of your individual risk factors for heart disease, consult your primary care physician, cardiologist or cardiovascular specialist.

Excerpt from the book: Everything Is Bad For Your Heart: The A to Z Guide, Hratch L Karamanoukian, MD and Pierre Aoukar, MD. Magalhaes Scientific Press

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