Frequent Visits to the Doctor Helps Keep Blood Pressure Under Control

According to a new research found in the American Heart Association’s Journal, Circulation, people who visited their respective doctors at least twice were 3.2 times more likely to keep their blood pressure under control than those who saw their doctor only once a year or even less.

Having health care insurances which covers treatment for high cholesterol also increased the likelihood of keeping blood pressure under control in the United States.

The ideal blood pressure reading should be less than 120/80 mm Hg. Blood pressure readings of 140 mm Hg or greater on the top (systolic) or 90 mm Hg or greater on the bottom (diastolic) are considered high.

According to the authors of the study, obese people that were included in the study were more likely to keep their blood pressure under control due to the fact that doctors recognize the need to control their risk factors and may be quicker to give them blood pressure medications rather than normal people who experience the same.

The authors also found out that upon controlling people’s conditions for diabetes, health insurance, body mass index, smoking, and other factors, doctor visitations were the strongest predictor of blood pressure control.

It is highly recommended for people to keep their blood pressures under control because failure to do so is a leading cause of heart attack and stroke.

The American Heart Association recommends that people with blood pressure readings of 140/90 mm Hg or higher should make lifestyle changes such as losing weight, engaging in any physical activity and of course, by eating the proper diet. Some doctors may also recommend taking some medications if it is really necessary.

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