Heart Month: New blood pressure guidelines and screenings from PRMC

SALISBURY, Md.– February is heart month and while many of us take that as a month of love, flowers and chocolate, it’s also a month to step back and take a look at your cardiovascular health.

47 ABC’s Erica Murphy was joined by Jeanne Ruff, the Executive Director at PRMC’s Guerreri Heart and Vascular institute, to talk about the new blood pressure guidelines.

The American Heart Association as well as the American College of Cardiology have issued these new guidelines due to the growing trend of heart disease and stroke along with the rise in obesity and diabetes.

A blood pressure reading of 140/90 is now considered hypertension.

Cardiologists say the best way to lower your blood pressure is to make lifestyle changes such as your monitoring your diet, exercise and not smoking. Doctors can also prescribe medication to help lower your blood pressure while making these lifestyle changes.

PRMC is also holding free heart screenings this month which includes 12 different tests for an overall look at your health. To participate you need to register in advance and you can’t be already under the care of another cardiologist.

To make an appointment or find out more information, call 410-543-7026 or log on to www.peninsula.org

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