Even high-normal blood pressure is too high

By Ben Harder, 15:48 PM April 15, 2008

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, and doctors routinely recommend medication to reduce it. A new finding raises the possibility that people with blood pressure at the high end of what is considered the normal range should receive similar treatment.

Individuals with systolic pressure at or above 140 millimeters of mercury (mmHg) or diastolic blood pressure at or above 90 mmHg are considered to have high blood pressure, also called hypertension. Systolic is the maxim...

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