High blood pressure is a consistent reading of 140/90 or higher. Bethany Panchal, MD, a Family Medicine physician with Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, defines “consistent” as two or more readings taken days apart. When high blood pressure is considered borderline—or near that 140/90 range—changes in diet and exercise may be sufficient to lower readings. This can include a DASH or low salt diet. When readings are higher, at 150-160 range or above, medication may be added to lifestyle changes. Proper treatment is important, as high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and even blindness. To learn more or schedule an appointment, visit http://wexnermedical.osu.edu/patient-care/healthcare-services/primary-care or call (614) 293-2700.
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