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Hypertension: Silent Killer It is estimated that one in every four adults has high blood pressure – a condition which significantly increases your chance of getting heart disease, kidney disease, or having a stroke. While high blood pressure can occur in persons of any race, age or gender, African-Americans are significantly more at risk. In fact, 42 percent of adult African-American males and 46.6 percent of females have high blood pressure. NO WARNING SIGNS High blood pressure is especially dangerous because it often has no warning signs or symptoms. Not only is high blood pressure a significant health concern, but it can also cost you your job! ATU members who are subject to Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical Qualification Standards can lose their job if they have high blood pressure. Under current guidelines, an individual must have a blood pressure below 140/90 in order to receive a two-year medical certification.   YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT Here’s the good news: YOU can do something about it.  Right here, right now! The number one preventive measure is exercise – MOVE.  Just 10 minutes, 2-3 times per day, can make all the difference. Regular movement appears to reduce both the upper & lower blood pressure numbers. Of course, lowering your salt use and fat calorie intake can help as well. Here are a few simple preventive measures: 1.

Have your blood pressure checked regularly. Normal blood pressures should not go over 120 for the top (systolic) number or 80 for the bottom (diastolic) number.  Studies have suggested that an increase in either number is cause for concern. 

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Increase your daily activity level. Park further away from your destination; get off the bus or train a stop further from your home or workplace.  Try to make activity a family time.

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Reduce the salt you use. Check food labels for sodium levels. Watch for products that are high in sodium levels such as processed meats, soft drinks and certain cereals.

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Eat fats that are good for you. Use olive or canola oils for cooking. Use butter spreads that have NO trans- or hydrogenated fats. 

For more information contact the National High Blood Pressure Education Program (www.nhlbi.nih.gov/about/nhbpep) , the American Heart Association (www.americanheart.com) or the American Council on Exercise (www.acefitness.org).

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