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Take your blood pressure at night while lying down

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  • Research presented at the 2023 American Heart Association's Hypertension Scientific Sessions in Boston revealed that taking blood pressure while lying down was a better predictor of high blood pressure risk than when it was taken while sitting or standing

  • High blood pressure increases your risk for stroke and heart disease, which are the two leading causes of death in the U.S. An accurate blood pressure reading allows you to take strategic steps to lower your risk

  • A 2019 study published in Hypertension showed nearly 46% of American adults could benefit from taking their blood pressure at home, slightly less than the percentage of adults with high blood pressure in the U.S.

  • Common causes for high blood pressure include insulin and leptin resistance, high waist-to-hip ratio, elevated uric acid levels, lead exposure, and air and noise pollution