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Hiawatha, IA 52233

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Heart Healthy Minute: All About Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

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Dr. Keith Kopec explains high blood pressure

Dr. Keith Kopec, cardiologist at St. Luke's Heart Care Clinic

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a condition that occurs when your heart pumps blood through your arteries at a higher-than-normal pressure. Generally, 120 over 80 is considered normal. Readings above 140 for the systolic, or top number, and above 90 for the diastolic, or bottom number, is considered high blood pressure.

Hypertension is often known as the “silent killer” because the vast majority of people who have it don’t realize it. Left untreated, high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and congestive heart failure.

To maintain a healthy heart, it is important to keep up with routine doctor visits and blood pressure checks. I also encourage at-home readings as they indicate your average rate when in a comfortable, everyday environment.

A few things you can do to decrease your risk of hypertension:

  • Reduce your salt intake
  • Participate in regular aerobic exercise 
  • Incorporate foods high in potassium
  • Maintain a healthy weight for your body type 

To learn more about blood pressure or to visit with a cardiologist call St. Luke’s Heart Care Clinic at (319) 364-7101 today!