NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The definition of high blood pressure dropped to a new number this week.
Some experts hope the news will lead to more people finding out if they're in the danger zone.
East Texans should become familiar with the lifesaving numbers.
A fast pace on a stationary bike is just one of many exercises Hisham Razak follows at Memorial Hospital's Cardiac Rehab Center.
The regiment also includes daily blood pressure checks. This morning's reading ...
"Between 120 to 130," Razak said.
Razak wants to keep it there as Stage 1 high blood pressure is now considered to be 130 over 80, down from the previous level of 140 over 90.
The new guidelines will place 46 percent of the adult population in the high blood pressure category.
Among them are Deep East Texans. They are the ones emergency services director Jackie Laird often sees in the ER.
"I think it's being vigilant in helping people identify early that they are at risk of increased, different morbidities, including stroke and heart attack," Laird said. "It's shedding some light early on so we can do some intervention before we have to maintain medication."
The treatment includes a fresh foods diet, dietician Vanessa Hooper said.
"We want to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. We want to cook vegetables and fruits and eat foods that are in holistic state," Hooper said. "We want more grain, instead of more of the refined items."
Razak looks at it this way. Don't wait around for a heart attack or stroke to happen before asking, what's my blood pressure?'
"They don't need to discover it. They need to find it," Razak said. "They have to go in advance. This is the sort of thing one has to take care of themselves."
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