Los Angeles' ABC-7 interviewed our own Interventional cardiologist, Dr. Alex Durairaj about blood pressure and how to get it under control. He would like to see blood pressure readings at 120 over 80 or lower. This new criteria means more Americans are in the danger zone, but that's not all.
"Our diets are getting worse," said Dr. Durairaj. "People are more obese and that is a huge contributor to high blood pressure. It used to be called a silent killer for a reason because you wouldn't even know that you had it until it was too late," said Dr. Durairaj. "So this is something you need to check frequently with your doctor at your regular check-up. Check it on your own if you have a family history."