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High Blood Pressure and Stroke Risk

April 24, 2014

A new study conducted by a research team shows that even blood pressure that is slightly higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as high blood pressure, can increase the risk for stroke.

Normal blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg and the threshold for high blood pressure is 140/90 mmHg. Blood pressure numbers that reside in between the two can have a negative impact on health.


Blood Pressure Study

Nineteen studies involving more than 19,000 participants were conducted to study the effects of blood pressure and stroke. The findings of the study showed that participants who had what was classified as prehypertension were 66% more like likely to have a stroke when compared to those with a normal blood pressure. In addition, close to 20% of strokes that occurred over the course of the study were suffered by participants who had prehypertension.

The section of participants who had prehypertension were classified into two different groups, high (130/85 mmHg) and low (lower than the high but above the norm). Those in the high group were 95% more likely to suffer a stroke than those with normal blood pressure. Participants with low prehypertension were 44% more likely to have a stroke than those with blood pressure at normal levels.


Blood Pressure and Stroke Prevention

The Center for Disease Control states that 1 in 3 Americans have prehypertension, so not only preventing stroke but also prehypertension is extremely important.

The best way to prevent high blood pressure is by following a healthy diet and exercise plan. Following a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, as well as being low in saturated fats and cholesterol has the ability to lower blood pressure by as much as 14mmHg.

The same goes for preventing stroke, since high blood pressure, high cholesterol, physical inactivity, obesity and poor diet are all risk factors.

If you are worried about high blood pressure and stroke we offer health screenings for both. Check our stroke page and high blood pressure page  for more information on who should get a screening, how often they should be performed, and a full list of risk factors.  

Your Weekly Inspiration: Promote the Positive

September 23, 2013

Those of us with gardens know that you water the flowers, not the weeds. Why? The answer is obvious – you want the flowers to grow and the weeds to die.

The same holds true for our emotions, which many believe come from our hearts. You want to “water” your positive thoughts instead of your doubts, so they can grow. After all, studies show that optimism can actually keep your heart healthier, because optimistic people tend to eat healthier, sleep more and exercise more.

Another thing these studies have revealed is that negative psychological factors, such as stress, doubts and depression, can actually increase risk of heart attacks and other heart problems like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. So remember to water your positive thoughts so the doubts will fall away.


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Your Weekly Inspiration: Take the First Step

August 5, 2013

When it comes to staying active, the beginning is usually the hardest. Whether you’re highly motivated or not, the beginning of a new fitness regimen is often difficult to stick with because it’s not yet habit. You’re not used to it and you may not be seeing immediate results.

The important thing to remember is that the difficulties won’t last. The first step is the hardest, which means every step after that is easier. Keep going. If you stick with your new fitness journey, you can benefit from it in more ways than one.

You know that regular physical activity helps keep you healthy by lowering disease risk, keeping blood pressure and cholesterol levels healthy, preventing obesity and more. But did you know that exercise can also:

  • Make new skills easier to learn
  • Strengthen the potency of vaccines, like the flu shot
  • Improve your memory
  • Help you make better decisions
  • Improve your skin health
  • And more

Take the first step in your journey to stay active today.


Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

VIDEO: The Risks of High Salt Intake

March 27, 2013

March is National Nutrition Month, and brings with it a growing awareness of the importance of a healthy, nutritious diet. When it comes to the foods and drinks we put into our bodies, moderation is key. Too much of anything, like too much sugar, too much fat, or too much sodium, can negatively impact the body by increasing risk for high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and more.

In this Life Line Screening video, we explore a new study from the University of Miami School of Medicine that put the well-known issue of too-much salt intake to the test. View the video to discover the results of the study and find out why they might matter to you and your health.

For more information on proactive and affordable ways to stay healthy, explore the preventive health screenings offered by Life Line Screening. Visit Life Line Screening’s YouTube channel to learn more about healthy lifestyles. For those without video capability, the text is provided below.


Half-Minute Health-Helpers: The Risks of High Salt Intake

Here is the audio text to the video:

“Most people already know that high levels of salt are not good for the human body and normally lead to a higher blood pressure over time. Now a new study led by the University of Miami School of Medicine seems to support the claim that there is a strong link between high salt intake and conditions such as heart disease and stroke – not just high blood pressure.

And just like sugar, hidden salt is everywhere, so read your labels to keep salt off your tables.”

Friday Roundup: Salt Intake and Life Expectancy, Your Diet and Sleep, & More

February 22, 2013

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Do you want to stay up-to-date on the latest health news? Start with the weekly news roundups from Life Line Screening. Below, we examine recent headlines featuring the effects of salt reduction in our diets, sleep and poor diets, and everyday activities that can replace going to the gym.


Eat Less Salt to Live Longer

Too much of anything can be bad for your health, and salt is no exception. A new study published in the journal Hypertension found that almost half a million American lives could be saved if we all lowered our salt intake by just a fraction of a teaspoon per day.

Specifically, the study found that a gradual, 40 percent reduction of salt consumption over the period of a decade could lengthen the lives of about 280,000 to 500,000 people. How? This salt reduction easily lowers hypertension and heart disease, two major health problems.

Read the full study findings from ABC News here:


Not Sleeping Well? It Could Be Your Diet

Things like high anxiety, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and more can all have negative effects on the amount of rest you get each night. One new study found that having a poor diet can also affect how well you sleep.

Published in the journal Appetite, results showed that certain nutrients in food can impact sleep duration, meaning a poor diet can cause you to wake up throughout the night and start your day not feeling rested. Data was analyzed from a nutrition survey and results found that short sleepers (no more than five to six hours of sleep per night) ate the most calories in their diets compared to normal sleepers (nine or more hours).

Read the rest of the article on sleep duration and nutrition here:


Skip the Gym, Try These Everyday Activities

Good news for those of us that don’t have the time or money to go to the gym, but still want to exercise. A new study found that short stretches of physical activity through everyday activities, like raking the leaves or choosing the stairs over an elevator, may be just as good for your body as a trip to the local fitness center.

“We encourage people to seek out opportunities to be active when the choice is available,” said study author Paul Loprinzi in the HealthDay article. “For example, rather than sitting while talking on the phone, use this opportunity to get in some activity by pacing around while talking.”

Read more about this study here:


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