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The WorkStrategies team at NovaCare Rehabilitation and Select Physical Therapy helps to promote a healthy heart and an active lifestyle through our OnSite Program. The OnSite Program offers tools to promote employee wellness, assess the work environment to reduce the risk of injury and when an injury does occur, ensure a safe and timely return to work.

We would like to share the following information on high blood pressure. Please feel free to share this with your employees, friends and family.

What is Heart Disease? Heart disease refers to several types of heart conditions including coronary artery disease, heart attack, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), cardiomyopathy (enlarged and/or stiff heart muscle) and congestive heart failure.

Risk Factors for Heart Disease – Risk factors are conditions or behaviors that increase your chances of developing a disease. When you have more than one risk factor for heart disease, your risk of developing heart disease greatly multiplies. If you have high blood pressure, you need to take action. Fortunately, you can control most heart disease risk factors.

Risk Factors You Can Control

  • High blood pressure
  • Abnormal cholesterol
  • Tobacco use
  • Diabetes
  • Overweight
  • Physical activity

Risk Factors Beyond Your Control

  • Age (55 or older for men; 65 or older for women)
  • Family history of early heart disease (having a father or brother diagnosed with heart disease before age 55 or having a mother or sister diagnosed before 65)

What are high blood pressure and hypertension? Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of arteries. Blood pressure rises and falls throughout the day. When blood pressure stays elevated over time, it is called high blood pressure.

The medical term for high blood pressure is hypertension. High blood pressure is dangerous because it makes the heart work too hard and contributes to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). It increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, which are the first and third leading causes of death among Americans. High blood pressure also can result in other conditions, such as congestive heart failure, kidney disease and blindness Check Out Your URL.

A blood pressure level of 140/90 mmHg or higher is considered high. About two-thirds of people over the age 65 have high blood pressure. If your blood pressure is between 120/80 mmHg and 139/89 mmHg, then you have prehypertension. This means that you don’t have high blood pressure now but are likely to develop it in the future unless you adopt healthy lifestyle changes. People who do not have high blood pressure at age 55 face a 90 percent chance of developing it during their lifetimes. High blood pressure is a condition that most people will have at some point in their lives. Both numbers in a blood pressure test are important, but for people age 50 or older, systolic pressure gives the most accurate diagnosis of high blood pressure. Systolic pressure is the top number in a blood pressure reading. It is high if it is 140 mmHg or above.

Not sure if you are at risk for heart disease, have high blood pressure or hypertension? The first and most important step is to seek advice from your healthcare professional.

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